The Verizon Smart Display will feature Alexa and Verizon assistants
We got our first look at Verizon’s Smart Display last month thanks to an FCC filing. Yesterday, Amazon confirmed the device’s presence as part of its live presentation. This is being introduced as part of the Alexa Custom Assistant program that allows third-party device manufacturers to add custom assistants developed on top of Alexa technology to their products, and we’re sorry to hear that. That sounds as useless as we previously suspected.
Here’s what it offers: standard smart display equipment, such as an eight-inch screen, 4GB RAM, 16GB storage, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, and of course, Alexa. It also comes with LTE, a speculation involved in FCC filing and verification. CNET After the announcement, however, it became clear that the purpose of 4G was limited to providing connectivity while configuring or troubleshooting Verizon Home Internet. Amazon says this will “reduce the need to send a service technician to the customer’s home or call a Verizon call center to assist a customer.” So this is a narrow use case.
There are also specific commands related to the Verizon service that can be accessed by saying “Hi, Verizon” such as checking your bill or running a speed test. You know, the things you can easily do on your phone or computer. You can ask Verizon Smart Assistant type questions like the current season, but based on a promotional video published by Amazon, it looks like Verizon 7 is just asking Alexa for you. Hmmm.
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “Hi, would I find a way to independently check my phone bills when eating sandwiches in the kitchen?” Then you may have just found your match. Otherwise, it doesn’t look like the smartest smart display at all.
Verizon has not yet released a price or release date for the firm. CNET The display will be available in limited beta testing with Verizon Home Internet users later this year, according to reports.