Behind the smart gadgets, Amazon and Google are waging war

Behind the smart gadgets, Amazon and Google are waging war

While it's true that the company got a good footprint with regards to Windows 10 PCs, the form factor really isn't a natural one for voice assistants - not like a smartphone or smart speaker. To that end, the search giant is further expanding the portfolio as it looks to bring Assistant to smart displays from JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony later this year to take on Amazon's Echo Show.

There has also been a host of new smart cameras on show, many of which boast bigger megapixel lenses and better night vision.

Asus is adding Alexa to its laptops, providing more competition for Cortana. We're still in early days here - but a head start is extremely important when it comes to ecosystems.

Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant are just a few years old, and this year's CES proved their parent companies are still fighting over every inch of the voice-assistant market. A two-finger swipe on the touchpad built into the right side of the glasses takes you to the home screen, while a one finger swipe advances you through UI, with a single-tap used for making selections. Google Assistant-powered smart displays will performs most of the functions that smart speakers do, while the display will allow you to watch videos from YouTube, make video calls with Duo and find photos from Google Photos, the company said. But there could also be some uneasiness about revealing even more about their habits, preferences, and routines to distant computers that are always listening for their commands.

When Google Glass was announced back in 2013, it was easy to forgive one of the the first AR headsets for looking awkward and being hard to use.

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The company is reportedly working on a redesigned Google Store with Assistant-powered devices at the heart of its online platform, reports Bloomberg. 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. Smart displays are essentially speakers with tablet-like displays that can play music, control your smart home and provide visuals as well. "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".

Erickson doesn't believe that the smart assistant race is a zero-sum game.

Google and Amazon are dominating the smart speaker market.

LG's InstaView ThinQ Internet-connected refrigerator will let you ask Alexa to order groceries, while commanding the new robot CordZero R9 vacuum to clean up whatever you just spilled on the floor.

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