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How to find everything Google Home can do

How to find everything Google Home can do

"We want to make sure that people have the broadest set of choices in terms of what kind of device they want that has Google Assistant", he said. With Amazon Alexa considered to be the leading assistant for the smart home, Google's been forced to demonstrate that Assistant is growing too. One quarter of smart speaker owners report having a Google Assistant product such as Google Home or Google Home Mini.

More excitement came from the CES 2018, as Amazon announced that the technology behind its AI-based home speaker Alexa can now be extended to cars. It has "Tuned by Meridian Audio" speakers on both sides, while the front-facing camera is above it. Weight is unlikely to matter much for a device you're not expected to move very much, but they weigh 1kg (2.2lbs) and 1.2kg (2.6lbs) respectively.

Regardless of who wins when the dust settles, whether you say "Hey Google" or "Alexa", the key takeaway from the showing of digital assistant-driven devices at this year's CES 2018 goes to show that we will soon be talking to our devices even more from here on.

But compared with the Lenovo's intriguing offering, the LG speaker is pretty damn ugly.

The devices can show details about restaurants, launch a video chat over Google Duo and pull up images hosted on Google Photos. Here you also get suggestions for what you can ask Google Home, see what apps are new or trending and can view apps by category (scroll all the way down and tap All Categories).




Last year's Echo Show turned a lot of heads, which offered a bit of an interface to the otherwise faceless Alexa platform that Amazon has built.

Furthermore, the smart displays are equipped with all the Google services' applications. They include interoperable IoT devices ranging from tools to sensors, energy devices, entertainment controllers, lighting and other systems.

At CES this year, we were treated to a barrage of smart home devices, some of which was powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant platform, and some of it powered by Google Assistant.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request to comment.

Erickson doesn't believe that the smart assistant race is a zero-sum game. While the company didn't directly attend the event, their product Alexa was found in a range of devices including Kohler's mirror which had the AI inside it. Sounds more like the one from the fairy tales but it was an actual product.


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