Cool Smart Home Assistants At CES 2018

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"We'll have to see how that works out", Google's Scott Huffman, a Google VP, said. Now, more than half a year later, Google has finally caught up, partnering with third-party manufacturers to build its own Echo Show rivals powered by Google Assistant. In addition to helping you cook, the GKM9000 with built-in Google Assist, can tell you the weather, news, etc. all without the need for a smartphone. People can now transmit from Google Assistant their voice on handsets or voice-supported speakers such as Google Home. One quarter of smart speaker owners report having a Google Assistant product such as Google Home or Google Home Mini.

Amazon's voice AI Alexa managed to dominate the entire event by being integrated into so many devices than you could probably count.

We have seen a lot of new devices being announced by different companies at CES 2018.

Lenovo's new hub comes in two formats, one with an 8-inch screen and another with a 10-inch screen. "Our Internet of Things products offer some of the most innovative, easy-to-use kitchen appliances that make cooking enjoyable, hassle-free, and smart". Google doesn't appear rattled and the company is looking at its assistant's use over time.

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Google, Lenovo, JBL have come up with a new set of devices named as "smart displays". However, storage specifications do not really matter much on devices likes these, as its role is to respond to voice commands and deliver requests via its display. Assistant for Android Auto will perform actions like controlling your smart home, play music from Spotify or Google Play Music, get directions from Google Maps or Waze and send and receive messages from services like WhatsApp, among other things. This will likely be put to the test now that the companies will try drive the cost of devices back to the intended selling price, thus ensuring a profit from the sales of the goods.

At CES 2018, TiVo announced that it will be adding support for Alexa and Google Assistant to its DVRs, letting users control their TVs using voice commands, along with additional smart home integrations through IFTTT.

It's nice to see that these features are spreading out across vehicles and becoming less manufacturer-specific - but it'll also make it more hard to figure out who's on the phone, who's talking to Alexa or Google, and who's just muttering to themselves.

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