CES 2018 Highlights: Amazon, LG, Asus and Many More Announcements


People whose Toyotas come with the Entune 3.0 App Suite, like 2018 Camry and Sienna models, as well as Lexus owners whose auto runs the Enform App Suite 2.0, will be able to speak with Amazon's AI assistant this year.

Amid the competing partner announcements for Google Assistant and Alexa, there's word that Google is planning a big consumer push for its personal assistant to combat Amazon's stubbornly high market share in the smart speaker space.

Bloomberg reports the online store will place a much greater emphasis on its own products, like Nest devices, in an attempt to double down on Assistant.

Google Assistant is coming to a number of screens, but not in the way that many of us may have thought.

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That's what the results of a new survey from NPR and Edison Research confirm, as devices like Amazon's Echo and Google's Home continue to grow in popularity.

Toyota's Amazon embrace follows similar deals signed with BMW, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, Hyundai and Nissan.

But these smart products can - and sometimes do - support multiple assistants. For example, you can preheat your oven by saying, "Alexa, tell Geneva to preheat the upper oven to 350".

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Whether people will truly pay more for the ability not to walk over and flip a switch themselves is unclear.

The company largely invented the modern smart-speaker category with the summer 2015 launch of the cylindrical Echo speaker. "Five years from now, we're not quite sure either".

The war between Google and Amazon is escalating. Acer confirms that Alexa will let users manage their calendar, create lists and answer questions by passing simple voice commands. In fact, Alexa is even starting to encroach on Cortana's turf by making its way onto some PCs.

Apple previous year announced plans to launch a high-end HomePod speaker, but it mysteriously delayed the launch. Combined, the two companies own 92 percent of the smart speaker market globally, according to United Kingdom -based consulting firm Strategy Analytics.

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Some analysts also say it's too soon to rule out Bixby, Samsung's AI assistant, which the company vowed to make a more central part of all its connected devices by 2020.