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Polk Audio Intros Google Assistant-Powered Smart Speaker

Polk Assist delivers audio with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in

Polk Audio recently unveiled the Polk Assist, a voice-controlled smart speaker with built-in Google Assistant for hands-free help around the house, music streaming and control of smart-home devices.

Additionally, with Chromecast built-in, users can group multiple Chromecast-enabled speakers and sound bars for effortless multiroom playback from compatible audio apps including Pandora, TuneIn, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio, NPR and Spotify.

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Optimizing set-up and control, users simply plug in the Polk Assist and download the free Google Home app in the App Store for iOS or Google Play for Android to begin using the smart speaker. It’s available in Midnight Black and Cool Gray.

Built on the Android Things platform, Polk Audio leverages Google’s intelligent learning algorithms and the Android development and partner ecosystems to deliver a smart, hands-free audio experience. The Polk Assist speaker is one of the first smart speakers built on certified Android Things System-on-Modules (SoMs) which benefit from regular feature and security updates from Google, said the company.