Sony's smart speaker harnesses the power of Google Assistant

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Other than Google Assistant built-in, Sony isn't discussing too many finer details about the smart speaker right now. What we do know is that you can pair your phone to the LF-S50G via Bluetooth or NFC and its splash-proof design means you can keep it in the kitchen if you so desire. However, Sony did explain that this isn't a device that you'll want to take to the pool, since the IPX3-rated gadget isn't fully waterproof. To setup the LF-S50G, you'll use the Google Home app to get the speaker connected to your home network. Chromecast built-in is here as well, so you can Cast your favorite audio apps over Wi-Fi.

In terms of sound, Sony says the LF-S50G beams audio 360 degrees with enough power to fill your kitchen and smaller living rooms. While we'll be eager to judge the merits of the speaker's audio quality, the company did say the "full range speaker" gives equal attention to vocals, treble and bass. Again, we'll want to see if that's the case when we spend some time with the LF-S50G on the IFA show floor. In terms of on-board adjustments, Sony's smart speaker can be controlled with touch-free gestures to adjust volume, skip tracks or start playing music.

If you're already hooked, Sony's smart speaker will set you back $200 when it arrives in October and you'll be able to choose from either black and gray color option. Of course, Google just announced that Assistant would be coming to a range of new speakers (and appliances) soon, so if the LF-S50G doesn't entice you, chances are you'll have a lot more audio gear to choose from soon enough.

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