Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

Check. Personal computers? Check. The South Korean tech company introduced the ThinQ AI technology and is showcasing the new ThinQ smart fridge, dishwasher, and oven at this week's CES event in Las Vegas. So well, we can say CES 2018 exhibition was all about Google assistant powered devices. In fact, the two US powerhouses did not even have to flog their own digital assistants as other manufacturers have incorporated their technologies into their own.

Ives expects "a big push" from the California search giant at the trade show, he said in a research note. JBL announced the Link View, a smart speaker that comes with a touchscreen display and is powered by Google Assistant and is ready to take on Amazon's Echo Show. On the screen side, the Lenovo Smart Display is the first of many Assistant-focused products that can show rather than tell.

According to people with familiar with Google's plan, the company is concerned about losing market share to Amazon.

Some of those companies have strengths Amazon can't match.

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Toyota announced the partnership Tuesday, saying the cloud-based voice assistant would be included in vehicles equipped with the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0, allowing riders to interact with Alexa in the auto.

A new directory makes it easy to check whether one's smart home products or apps work with Assistant, and should help drive sales of those products as well.

The only possible competitor to Alexa at this point is Google Home, but Alexa has a huge lead: over 4,000 devices can now be controlled by Alexa, the company said, while Google's total is around 1,500. It doesn't make devices to compete with other manufacturers and make money off hardware sales, but rather to expand the reach of its software offering and get people to use its products (namely the Assistant, and, as a direct effect, Search) more. Sony announced a few new pairs of headphones like what it's calling the world's first noise cancelling truly wireless earbuds that are also splashproof, and Audio-Technica launched a complete new lineup of headphones for this year which actually contains quite a few new pairs. A Kohler-branded mirror, the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, has embedded microphones and speakers, bringing Alexa to the space above the bathroom sink.

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