As handy as the Google Nest Hub and the Lenovo Smart Display are, they suffer from a number of limitations such as being unable to watch cable on them, no web browser, limited search results on Google Assistant, and the inability to stream from certain sources. Philips thinks that it has the perfect solution to viewing content and searching for recipes in the kitchen with its new 24-inch Android TV unit that has the Google Assistant baked-in.
Featuring a 24-inch display with 720p resolution (1355 x 768), there is a speaker location in the base, the Philips Android TV unit has the smarts of a Smart Display and the usability of a smart TV. It has dual far-field, echo-canceling microphones built-in to the 16W dual-speaker base that listens for when you say “OK Google” or “Hey Google”, along with a toggle for switching the microphones off. The unit also features 2 x HDMI inputs (one with ARC), Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi up to 802.11 AC, as well as an antenna input for connecting the unit to cable.
The remote has a built-in microphone and dedicated buttons for the Google Assistant, YouTube, and Netflix.
“Outside of the kitchen, the Philips 24” Android TV is perfect in the garage or a spare room for DIY warriors who want an interactive TV experience to help guide their home projects. Other uses include in a home gym or office for users to take advantage of the voice commands feature and stay focused on their current task.”
Priced at $299 in the United States and Canada, the Philips 24-inch Android TV unit is said to be on sale at major retailers from today although we haven’t been able to find a single listing for it at the present time. Let us know your thoughts on the device in the comments below.