Google teams with Sony, Lenovo for smart speakers with touchscreens

Google teams with Sony, Lenovo for smart speakers with touchscreens

Google teams with Sony, Lenovo for smart speakers with touchscreens

The previous two editions of CES in 2016 and 2017 mostly featured Amazon Alexa as the virtual assistant of choice for smart home appliances, but Amazon did not have a booth at the expo, and this is what Google is taking advantage of this year. The fact that Alexa has a favorite color and other personal preferences has made the assistant more relatable - adding a bit of entertainment chops to that mix could help to further improve the experience. 30% of smart speaker owners said that the device replaced some of the time they spent with their TV and 71% of people use the devices to listen to news and podcasts. With Amazon Alexa considered to be the leading assistant for the smart home, Google's been forced to demonstrate that Assistant is growing too.

LG Electronics' robot didn't quite meet the South Korean company's expectations and China's Baidu admits it still lags Google, but the two showed that the gap is closing between them and their USA competitors at the annual CES trade show.

One major reason that smart speakers sold so well during the holiday is that the devices were deeply discounted. A year ago at CES Alexa was already in hundreds of third-party devices and the company says it has sold "tens of millions" of it s devices.

We checked out LG's latest "wallpaper" TV that is super thin and so light it magnetically mounts to your wall.


The new range of products and security systems will provide support for Google Assistant, which will allow homeowners to configure lighting, plugs and other home utilities through the Assistant's smartphone app.

On the back end, Google is making it easier to discover all the things that Google Assistant can do.

The Smart Displays will operate as voice-centric computers, responding to voice commands, but will also include an interactive tablet-like touchscreen. "And in the auto a true automotive assistant, which knows what drivers want and how cars work, is probably a better choice for the "driving" end of that interface than a general goal assistant coming from the home environment". That constrained consumers in how they used the service, Whitten said, with many just speaking in short search terms, much like the ones one would enter with a keyboard. About 45 million people in the United States will use smart speakers in 2018, research firm EMarketer estimates, and Amazon has about two-thirds of the USA market.

Users who want multiple speakers find Google's linking functionality more appealing, he said.

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