Cool Smart Home Assistants At CES 2018

Cool Smart Home Assistants At CES 2018

Cool Smart Home Assistants At CES 2018

Google's decision to respond to Alexa's dominance of CES 2017 marks a shift in its narrative, suggesting a more aggressive promotion of assistant services could be coming.

According to a Bloomberg report, analyst EMarketer estimates Google's Home products will control 25 percent of the 2018 smart speaker market share, which pales in comparison to Amazon's 68 percent market share with the Echo.

On the show floor, it smoothly scrolled through demo applications popping up info in ways we're used to seeing on our phones or through Android Auto. These displays can do anything a standard Google Home or Assistant-enabled speaker can do, but with a few added benefits. The Lenovo 8-inch Smart Display will cost $200, while the Echo Show runs about $230, so it's anyone's guess where the JBL Link View will end up. That means you can call anyone, anywhere - not just if they're at home, like you can with Amazon's Echo Show. The Google Assistant recently pushed to LG's Smart Speakers. "Enabling instant access to Google services from the IVI provides new experiences for OEMs to deliver as they continue to seek new ways to connect drivers".

"We'll have to see how that works out", Google's Scott Huffman, a Google VP, said. HiSense, for example, unveiled three new lines of smart TVs, with one line being powered by Android TV, one line being powered by Roku, and another being powered by Alexa so no matter what digital assistant or smart platform you prefer, HiSense has you covered.

The new Google Assistant-compatible speakers will be made by companies such as Bang & Olufsen, Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, JBL, and iHome, among others.

Google, which has not traditionally had a big presence at CES, was out in a big way as it plastered Las Vegas with its ads in a bid to show that Google Assistant is indeed everywhere. People can now transmit from Google Assistant their voice on handsets or voice-supported speakers such as Google Home.

But, oddly enough, we may not even have to make a choice between assistants. "It's still really day one for us in terms of what we can do with Alexa in the vehicle", said John Scumniotales, head of products for Alexa's automotive efforts, onstage at a CES event. However, when it comes to the company's refrigeration units will use Alexa.

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