The trouble is that Amazon (and Google) has first-party Alexa (and Google Assistant) products that are quite good. "If not for the ability of Amazon Echo and Google Home to listen, these things would become nothing more than doorstops and paperweights". They'll get more affordable in the future, but it's still early days.
Google's software is a work in progress-devices using it won't ship until later this year-but it gave me the impression that the company is ready to take on touchscreen devices powered by Amazon's Alexa assistant, such as the Echo Show and Echo Spot.
Starting your day gets easier with the Lenovo Smart Display. While those consumer electronics categories are still well represented at the annual technology convention in Las Vegas, they are overshadowed by autonomous vehicle, artificial intelligence, computers, apps, AR, VR, health trackers, drones, and more, to name just a tiny few categories. But, except for the fact that they offer a Windows 10 experience, the Mac continues to be on top of the food chain and companies continue to fight against it. Asus also launched the Lyra Voice which is an Alexa powered speaker and had the capability to find network issues in your home Wifi setup.
With that being said, according to sources familiar with Google's plans, the company will revamp its existing online store in February.
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Lee Munson, a security researcher at Comparitech, a computer testing publication, told GearBrain: "On the face of it, smart speakers sound like a great idea which add functionality [to the home].[but] that's not to say they are all that great at keeping mum about what's said to them".
Google has also made it clear that the device is not just a tablet with Google in-built. It can also display how many hours of energy you've saved in the past week, the quality of the air in your home and the outside temperature.
Erickson doesn't believe that the smart assistant race is a zero-sum game.
Google, as one would expect, is quite anxious about Amazon's continued dominance in the 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.