Google Hasn't Cracked The Smart Display's Complexity Problem

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Google is looking to nab more of that real estate as well. According to the numbers in the report, 11% of Americans own an Amazon smart speaker, with 4% owning a Google Home device. These are just some of the things that were unveiled this week, and while much of it may not release for the next few months, it will definitely be exciting to see it reach the market. But many manufacturers have adopted its HomeKit software in order to ensure they'll work easily with iPhones and Siri.

Of course, as a Google Assistant, the Smart Display can control your smart home devices, including the ability to check in on your baby monitor and other security cameras.

Lenovo, LG, Sony and JBL are making Smart Displays. Whatever the distinction might be, based on Google's announcement, now it's backed by the Google Assistant. While those consumer electronics categories are still well represented at the annual technology convention in Las Vegas, they are overshadowed by autonomous auto, artificial intelligence, computers, apps, AR, VR, health trackers, drones, and more, to name just a tiny few categories. That should, in theory, be enough of an incentive for both companies to bury their hatchets, but there's no word on when that might happen.

This year at CES has seen Google move into the smart home market in a big way with its "Hey, Google" voice assistant service taking on the dominance of Alexa by Amazon.

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Nonetheless, Google Assistant powered devices were at least in evidence in more water-tight areas of the show. This redesign will place Google Assistant at the centre of it the company's digital retail experience. The technology was packed into a variety of smart home products, ranging from speakers and radios through to lamps and vacuum ...

The bathroom of the future is also getting a makeover thanks to a wealth of smart home devices which will either prove either extremely useful or just plain creepy. "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. "Five years from now, we're not quite sure either".

Erickson doesn't believe that the smart assistant race is a zero-sum game. The real question, he says, will be how Apple will differentiate itself, now that the key aspect of its HomePod - audio quality - has been co-opted by speakers such as the Google Home Max and Sonos One, not to mention others on the horizon. However, when it comes to the company's refrigeration units will use Alexa.

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