Santa Delivered Many Smart Speakers In 2017

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With the addition of a display, though, such information is complimented with visual aids, showing your routes traffic conditions, or video news briefings from YouTube, for instance. "And in the vehicle a true automotive assistant, which knows what drivers want and how cars work, is probably a better choice for the "driving" end of that interface than a general goal assistant coming from the home environment". 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.

"Five years ago, no one could predict what was going to happen with the smart home", says LG Electronics USA marketing vice president David VanderWaal.

In November, Google launched out an upgrade that will permit you to employ Home devices in your house as intercom systems.

LG's tech uses assistants both from Google and Amazon, and Panasonic is similarly hedging its bets, plugging into both infrastructures, depending on device and geography.

Smart speakers and IoT, digital assistant-enabled devices - where Amazon has a two-year lead - are more important.

Bloomberg's sources claim that Google's renewed emphasis on hardware - in this case with the redesigned store - is part of an ongoing effort to fend off Amazon as it's the e-commerce colossus Google is apparently most afraid of. Assistant for Android Auto will perform actions like controlling your smart home, play music from Spotify or Google Play Music, get directions from Google Maps or Waze and send and receive messages from services like WhatsApp, among other things. Sleep Number's 360 Smart Bed (starts at $2,000) will soon let you ask "Hey Google, how did I sleep last night?" In the case of LG Display Co Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:LPL), for example, its smart TV has Google Assistant, but its smart refrigerator uses Alexa.

Of course, for many consumers a virtual assistant is still very much a novelty.

"We have over one million actions available to users that [they] can now look up", a Google spokesman told the.

CES 2018 provided a platform for the display provider Vuzix which has been trying to make a fresher, advanced model of Google glasses for quite some time now and seems to have finally succeeded. Toyota is planning to bring Alexa to more of its own models this year and in 2019.

And of course, the data that a large audience would churn out while interacting via voice day by day is what both of these giant companies really want. It's a nice thermostat, but still, a thermostat does not a smart home strategy make - especially when it costs $319.

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