Published: Wed, January 10, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

How to set up, use that new digital assistant

How to set up, use that new digital assistant

Google Assistant can do a ton of things these days and as the list of compatible services and products continues to grow, especially given all the CES announcements, keeping track of all the available commands is pretty much impossible.

"The loser, if any, is Cortana, because nobody is talking about them", he added, referring to Microsoft's digital assistant. We're also making it easier than ever to use voice control through Alexa-enabled devices.

Google's Alexa and Siri rival is headed to smart displays, plus a number of additional smart speakers, Android TV devices, headphones, and Android Auto. Check out a rundown of the best robots and droids you can expect to see in Las Vegas this year.

The most important technology industry expo is now underway in Las Vegas, and early reports show that electronics manufacturers were certainly prepare to dazzle the publics during CES 2018.

Interacting with computers by speaking has proven a hit, and the ability of virtual aids to converse with people is expected to improve quickly, according to researchers from the Consumer Technology Association behind the annual CES gathering. But it is beginning to spread the Google Assistant to more places, including cars with Android Auto, as well as more Android TV models. Products include switches, outlets, thermostats and light bulbs, as well as devices made by other manufacturers.

Also new this year: Some serious competition.

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In the USA the Assistant will be accessible via Android Auto starting this week.

Since there are so many things you can do with the Assistant, sometimes it can be a bit hard to keep track of them.

It shows what questions you can ask and what platform it is available. That's not the entirety of Google Home sales but it suggests that the totality of devices sold is below 10 million.

Bixby was also being built into a "family hub" smart system in Samsung refrigerators with large touch-screens on doors.

"This is a big step toward bringing Alexa to customers wherever they might need her, whether they're at home or on-the-go".

Google also tipped Assistant on more headphones, including ones from Jaybird, JBL, LG, and Sony.

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