Google Assistant is now on Android Auto, because apparently it wasn't before


CES 2018 is officially under way and Google has set up camp. Instead, when you open Google Home and tap the hamburger button in the top left, you'll see an option called Explore. Existing Hopper owners could order the new remote for $20. It's the first time the search giant has been so visible at the trade show, and shows that Google is finally getting smart about its smart home plans. The 8-inch model comes with a soft matte finish, while the 10-inch version can be customized with a bamboo finish.

Both the variants of Lenovo's new Smart Display carry a different price tag.

"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. You don't have to think about using your Smart Display. 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.

Among the major smart hub announcements from third-party partners is the Milo, from Hogar Controls, representing the first combination of smart speaker and home hub that includes support for Z-Wave Plus and the Google Assistant.

What are they using the devices for?

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LG being the company known for home appliances managed to steal the show with the largest television in the world featuring a 8K display and a whole lot of home appliances. The research came from NPR and Edison Research, and found that 16% of Americans own a smart speaker, putting the figure at around 39 million people. So we would get to see a bunch of new digital displays in the market.

In terms of features, it's similar to Lenovo's offering.

This growth in wireless headphones combined with the growth in the use of voice assistants goes some way to explain Amazon's recent release of the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit to enable manufacturers to build in voice capabilities. JBL, part of Samsung Electronics' Harman Kardon subsidiary, LG and Sony did not announce pricing and release dates. Someone, it seems, forgot to ask the Assistant for a weather forecast in CES week, and torrential rains on Tuesday forced the Google tent - which proved not to be waterproof in several places - to close.

The pair are also working to make certain Alexa capabilities available to drivers when the vehicle is not connected to a network.