Google mulls Assistant shopping in war with Alexa

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Whatever the distinction might be, based on Google's announcement, now it's backed by the Google Assistant.

Google just announced a slew of new Smart Displays featuring Google Assistant at CES 2018.

"With more connected home devices introduced each year, it can be a challenge to make sure they all remain interconnected", said Ryan Craig, senior manager, internet of things global strategy and partnerships. The company plans to bring Cortana to places where it can be needed for assistance on all your devices including the Xbox, PC, mobile, mixed reality devices, and more.

The Google Assistant could echo Amazon's Alexa in selling products and services by voice, insiders claim, with the search giant hunting ways to close the gap between the smart speaker technologies. For instance, United Kingdom -based consumer technology news and review site TechRadar named the Vuzix Blade glasses the Best AR on Show at CES 2018. But, for the most part, your auto will still respond to the same commands in the same way. Said Erickson, the higher the profile of Google Assistant on consumer electronics, the more the undeniable need for other developers to incorporate it into their gadgets will be.

But these smart products can - and sometimes do - support multiple assistants. At the annual CES conference this week, we even saw a Whirlpool dishwasher with Alexa support, and a bathroom mirror made by Kohler.

The trouble is that Amazon (and Google) has first-party Alexa (and Google Assistant) products that are quite good. For example, you can preheat your oven by saying, "Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the upper oven to 350".

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JBL, by comparison, offers several speaker models, each with a different assistant. But manufacturers aren't taking the chance that they'll be left behind if one or the other assistant becomes dominant.

Yes. Your smart devices are constantly listening and doing a lot more. "So this open partner, open platform system, is definitely the way to go".

During the holiday period both Amazon Echo and the Google Home Mini were discounted to the price of $29. Further reports reveal that Google's efforts of reminding fans of the existence of the Google Assistant has also extended to huge advertisement billboards.

This was announced by the Japanese carmaker at the CES 2018 this week. Apple, however, had to push back release of the HomePod, its almost-$350 smart speaker, until "early" this year; it was originally scheduled for December 2017.

Amazon said Alexa on Toyota vehicles is a realization of the company's long-term vision for the intelligent voice assistant.