The Great Amazon-Google Smackdown Hits the Vegas Strip

The Great Amazon-Google Smackdown Hits the Vegas Strip

Though Google released a cheaper version of its smart speaker, the Google Home Mini, late a year ago, Amazon's aggressive promotions of the discounted Echo Dot are believed to have made it the holiday sales victor.

Smart home assistants, which came to CES in the form of speakers, digital clocks and even refrigerators, are slated to dramatically grow in popularity. Somehow, while our backs were turned, our light switches have become intelligent. And just like with Google's and Amazon's smart speakers, the two companies will take cues from each other as they figure this whole voice assistant category out. You don't have to think about using your Smart Display. We'll likely see them in Australia, but pricing and availability are to be confirmed. The retail site will sell Google's products and will also sell the Nest smart thermostat, and Google's Assistant will be the main focus of the site.

With that being said, according to sources familiar with Google's plans, the company will revamp its existing online store in February.

Amazon didn't have any Fire TV news at CES, but Whitten said the company is continuing to work with TV makers on Fire TV Edition devices, while also incorporating some of the features first introduced on those devices into Fire TV streaming products. The real question, he says, will be how Apple will differentiate itself, now that the key aspect of its HomePod - audio quality - has been co-opted by speakers such as the Google Home Max and Sonos One, not to mention others on the horizon. In its newest TVs, the Korean company will use Google's Assistant. Smart displays are essentially speakers with tablet-like displays that can play music, control your smart home and provide visuals as well.

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Security to be a problem for Google?

But there are ways to protect yourself and your data - and to give yourself a little extra piece of mind. With the number of actions one can perform, Google also announced Actions, which includes over a million features built by Google and by developers that can be discovered via a new directory page on your Android or iPhone.

And the market for smart devices is exploding, even with warnings that "the internet of things" is notoriously insecure. The smart sofa's vibrating seats contain motion sensors and amplifiers for the ultimate home cinema experience.

So far, the continued interest in smart speakers from a generally wary public suggests manufacturers are striking a good balance between know-it-all convenience and know-too-much invasion of privacy.

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