According to a FCC presentation from a couple of weeks ago, Verizon has a smart display in the works. Smug briefly Now I can get some more details about the next device. In the run video above, I discuss the specs of the device and its potential to keep up with the competition.
The presentation was first detected by Tech blog protocol. Verizon’s smart display will supposedly be built on top of an Amazon model using . Verizon will use the custom activation words “Hey Verizon” and may have specific commands tailored to the device, but Amazon’s assistant will form the core underneath.
In addition to the bells and whistles expected from a smart screen (voice controls, touch controls, video calls), Verizon will have 4G built in so you can connect to the Internet without Wi-Fi. The Verizon device may be portable, but the presentation does not indicate that it will run on batteries.
If not portable, what is the purpose of 4G? How can you compete with your own device like the new one?while using Amazon software as a base? Will it have another unique angle? Is this what Amazon had in mind when it launched the custom assistant program?
There are still many unanswered questions about this device. Watch the video for more details. Verizon did not respond to CNET’s request for comment.