ProBeat: Alexa was CES 2018's buzzword

Jeannie Matthews
January 13, 2018

CES-goers saw a bunch of new smart home products on the show floor this year - and smart assistants are critical for seamlessly controlling these Internet of Things products. According to research from CES sponsor the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), 44 percent of US adults plan to purchase a smart assistant in the next year. After Google did not grant permission for Amazon's Echo Show to present YouTube content, Google thought it would be a good idea to make their assistant able to have YouTube content.

Specific models such as the Acer Switch 7 Black Edition and Spin 5 come with Acer Purified Voice and four digital microphones support to enable far-field voice recognition. The smart display comes with Assistant inside and an always-listening feature to hear for commands. Companies starting with, and, all are preparing to integrate the Alexa voice assistant on their new notebooks and desktops. This includes applications for devices from Nest and Philips as well.

With that being said, according to sources familiar with Google's plans, the company will revamp its existing online store in February. Now that things have been upgraded to the full Google Assistant experience, you'll have a wider range of functions and tools available behind the wheel. 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. Even after Google catches up to Amazon - in some respects, it already has - both companies will continue to coexist, as each has strengths the other lacks. The technology was packed into a variety of smart home products, ranging from speakers and radios through to lamps and vacuum ...

Microsoft's Cortana assistant, which is available on PCs running Windows 10, allows hundreds of millions of users to search the web using Bing.

Martin Quaife, senior consultant at Blackstone Consultancy, a private security specialist in London, has some simple advice for consumers looking to buy into the Alexa or Google Assistant ecosystem.

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Once it starts recording, however, everything you say - and, indeed, everything said by others within earshot of the Echo or Home - is recorded and uploaded to the servers of Google or Amazon.

It seems like Google has a great chance to show they're better than Amazon, even if they lost their start and are a little left behind.

The smart speakers have the potential to disrupt other entertainment devices in the home.

Voice assistants are poised to take over our homes.

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