Voice assistant war between Amazon and Google rages on in CES 2018

Google Assistant Smart Screens Coming Later this Year

If you're familiar with CES and the typical bout of companies and products they feature each year, you will know that Google is rarely amongst them.

It makes sense for Google to get on board with numerous hardware partners.

Google does aim targeting Amazon's Alexa with this device.

Here's the lowdown on these three new smart hubs that are hoping to beat the Echo Show at its own game. This was evident not only in whole-home controls but in the vast number of smart doorlocks/doorbells, thermostats, and camera/surveillance systems on display.

As for pricing, the Smart Display will cost $199.99 or $249.99, depending on whether you opt for the 8in or 10in model.

Starting your day gets easier with the Lenovo Smart Display. But it has taken up a decent approach over it's "touch screen speaker".

The Smart Display runs Android Things OS, which is separate from the interface you would use on an Android tablet or smartphone. Google Assistant will also add deeper integration into your smart home, so you can off the lights when you start watching a movie, for example. In the home speaker segment also, Alexa-based devices sell around 70% in the United States market, leaving the rest to be divided among the other players.

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The smaller model measures 263x142x111mm, while the 10in is larger in every respect, at 311x174x136mm. "We wanted this to be instead you're having a conversation and the display enhances it, so a lot of the work is going to ensure we maintain that simplicity". If you're specifically looking for an Alexa device, though, you're probably better off getting an Echo directly from Amazon. The research came from NPR and Edison Research, and found that 16% of Americans own a smart speaker, putting the figure at around 39 million people.

In terms of features, it's similar to Lenovo's offering.

Amazon is constantly improving its intelligent personal assistant Alexa, connecting it with various house appliances, so that you can remotely do just about anything.

Has the Google Assistant dominated CES 2018?

The pair are also working to make certain Alexa capabilities available to drivers when the auto is not connected to a network.

Well, that future is coming sooner than we think because come 2018 there will be more devices embedded with digital assistants powered by artificial intelligence (AI) from either Amazon's Alexa or Google's Assistant.

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