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Android Things assisting with AI at CES 2018

There's a good chance you have a smart speaker somewhere in your home... but what about a smart display?

"In 2016 our data predicted that smart assistants would move beyond dedicated speakers to a wide range of connected household devices, and we continue to believe that will be true", Mark Beccue, principal analyst at Tractica, told TechNewsWorld.

Google is up for adding third-party support for other apps, too, so you might eventually be able to ask for a Netflix video or request someone's Instagram account, and have it show up onscreen.

General Electric is showing off a suite of smart kitchen gizmos that connect its "Geneva" voice assistant to those of Amazon and Google.

The market is still growing fast, with smart speakers among the top-selling devices at Amazon.

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On the basic technology level, Alexa has, for competition, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Samsung's Bixby.

The company is reportedly working on a redesigned Google Store with Assistant-powered devices at the heart of its online platform, reports Bloomberg. This includes Assistant updates such as voice commands for troubleshooting batteries on smartphones and payments of mobile-carrier bills, though it would likely be many years before Canadians would see the latter. The technology will be introduced in four new display devices this year, including JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony. It has weather, news and calendar functions. You can pick the backdrop through the Google Home app, or let Google do the choosing.

The 8-inch model starts at US$199.99 and the 10-inch at $249.99. The new Samsung Family Hub Smart refrigerators are expected to be available by Spring 2018. Sporting a tiny DLP projector that spits images onto its full colour see-through display, the Blade's uses waveguide optics to project a tiny display onto the right lens of some surprisingly normal-looking glasses. While details are sketchy at this point, the core idea would be a voice-navigated system for buying products and services. "We traded over 1 Google Home gadget each second ever since Google Home Mini began exporting in October", VP for Product Management at Google Home, Rishi Chandra, claimed to the media in an interview last week.

Both devices use IPS displays, though the resolution differs significantly between the two. The search giant had large plans for its Google Assistant at CES this year, however, they still seemed to be outshined by Amazon's own voice assistant. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals.

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