Voice-Sensitive Tech Dominated CES - Even With Its Security Drawbacks

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Recent surveys put Amazon in the lead by a huge margin, and Google's keenly aware of this.

This year's CES is coming to an end. The front-facing camera will come in handy for video calling, using Google Duo. The company said the smart speaker will be included in various smart speakers including iHome, Altec Lansing, RIVA Audio, Knit Audio, Memorex, and more.

Google has also made it clear that the device is not just a tablet with Google in-built.

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One major reason that smart speakers sold so well during the holiday is that the devices were deeply discounted.

Google's First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound embeds Google Assistant along with a full speaker into a ceiling mounted smoke and carbon monoxide alarm. Some could only be controlled by Alexa from another device, but most had some version of the voice assistant built right in.

Google and Amazon are dominating the smart speaker market. It's getting easier than ever to control every mundane appliance and task around you with the voice assistant of your choice - but an ever-smarter home still comes with compromises. The 8-inch model costs $199 and the 10-inch model will cost $249.

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Google has also worked with smart headphones' maker including LG, JB, Jaybord, and Sony to include the smart assistant. In fact, Cortana will be competing against other assistants this year with more presence on devices.

According to sources close to the matter, Google is toying with the idea of launching a revamped online store in February. The price point and release date are unspecified, and some distinguishing qualities from similar Amazon, Lenovo and JBL products would also be nice.

Aside from the Lenovo Smart Display and the JBL LINK View, here's the LG WK9 that offers built-in Chromecast and the Google Assistant. On the flip side, you better sit back to see the biggest trend - or, put another way, whatever was overkill this particular year. In 2017 alone, Alexa gained so much functionality, we wrote a post about just to keep track of it all. If you have any feedbacks to share, kindly drop us into the comments section given below this post.

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