Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

LATEST news from the multitude of product announcements at CES 2018 in Las Vegas includes the use of voice assistants being built into an increasing number of devices around the home. The revamped store, slated for a February 2018 release, is going to sell Google's own Home line of devices, as well as other devices powered by Assistant.

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.

Google Assistant has always been playing catch-up to Amazon's artificially-intelligent (AI) digital assistant Alexa. 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. Google representatives also made a lot of cameos at various manufacturers' keynote events at the currently-ongoing CES 2018 show.

LG's tech uses assistants both from Google and Amazon, and Panasonic is similarly hedging its bets, plugging into both infrastructures, depending on device and geography. Today, Lenovo has introduced its new Smart Display which is equipped with some of the most advanced technical features including Google's own, Voice Assistant. For now, they will rely on their partners Lenovo, LG, JBL, and Sony to produce the displays. Here you also get suggestions for what you can ask Google Home, see what apps are new or trending and can view apps by category (scroll all the way down and tap All Categories).

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Google has spent the previous year bringing Assistant to over 400 million devices as it aims to make its virtual assistant available pretty much everywhere. And radio should take notice that Google is a serious player in this fight, and make sure their radio stations are not only Alexa-enabled, but also Google Home-enabled.

With Smart Display, you will be able to explore more of Google services like YouTube to watch videos and Google Duo to make video calls through the display using your Gmail account. "And in the vehicle 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 objective assistant coming from the home environment".

Users who want multiple speakers find Google's linking functionality more appealing, he said. Even if it is said that it only listens to you when you start the conversation with "Hey Google", we just have some issues, just like we have issues with Alexa, and we still think that there somewhere could be a certain microphone that can deliver everything you say.

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