The big story at CES 2018: Google vs Amazon


At last year’s CES, Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant was the quiet star of the show. The technology was packed into a variety of smart home products, ranging from speakers and radios through to lamps and vacuum cleaners. This year Google Assistant is at it too, vying for support in a range of third party products as it looks to become the voice assistant of choice in your home.

Oddly enough, Amazon and Google have historically been two major names that you’d barely notice at trade shows, as they’re hardware businesses have been secondary to their software services. CES 2018 is a different game for the two giants this year, as they go head to head not only showing off wares that already support their voice assistants, but also courting additional third party companies into their ecosystem.

The smart assistant with the biggest product catalog and widest range of features is the one that will surely come out on top.

As the smart assistant and and smart home markets continue to grow, we’re going to see an increasing variety of traditional electronic devices and new use cases boast new smart capabilities. Everything ranging from fridges to retail environments, and even transportation will likely be involved.

The two ecosystems are also likely to continue to expand their range of “skills” and “actions” to enable us to do more with them. The smart assistant with the biggest product catalog and widest range of features is the one that will surely come out on top.

Clearly, CES is more important to the two companies than ever this year, and we’re already seeing an increased presence from the two at the 2018 show. Both companies will be sending in their executives out to booths, Amazon is hosting an outdoor promotional area right near the epicenter of Las Vegas Convention Center, and Google has plastered “Hey Google” ads all over the Las Vegas Monorail and numerous billboards. Even so, we’re going to see the most of the two assistants in products showcases by other companies.

To see how this showdown shakes out at CES 2018, we’re keeping track of the best and most interesting products that boast Alexa and/or Google Assistant support.

Amazon Alexa

  • Garmin Speak Plus – a dash cam that not only records your drive but also offers collision and lane departure warnings, as well as Alexa support for music, weather, and traffic updates from inside your vehicle.
  • Roav Viva – a Bluetooth car kit developed by Anker that offers Alexa controls and fast charging inside your car.
  • Vuzix AR glasses – augmented reality and Alexa combined in one. Vuzix glasses can display maps, sports scores, and much more just by asking Alexa outloud.
  • HiSense TVs – access built-in apps like Netflix, Amazon Video, YouTube, TikiLIVE using voice commands on the third largest TV manufacturer’s 2018 4K line-up.
  • Kohler Konnect – smart shower, bathtub, mirrors and toilers that are all connected? Check. Control them with a dedicated app or via voice Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit.

Google Assistant

  • iHome iGV1 – a Google Assistant powered alarm clock with a dimmable dot-matrix display. It also features all the familiar Bluetooth music casting options from the Google Home.
  • Haier Android TVs – Haier’s 2018 FHD and 4K range will be powered by Android TV, building on its success with Chromecast enabled sets. This offers familiar services like Netflix, Play Store access, and YouTube, alone with integrated Google Assistant.
  • LG ThinQ TVs – offering a selection of third party voice assistants, as well as the company’s of DeepThinQ AI to offer home hub functions directly from your TV remote. Also supports Alexa, and LG’s ThinQ Speaker boasts Assistant support too.
  • Schlage Smart Lock – secure your home and check the locked status of your door with voice commands. Already supports Alexa and Apple HomeKit.
  • Gourmia kitchen appliances – the company unveiled four kitchen applicances that can all be setup and controlled via Google Assistant. There’s an air fryer, pressure cooker, sous vide & multi cooker, and a coffee maker to put in your IoT kitchen.

Keep it tuned to Android Authority as we round up even more smart devices from CES 2018!

via Android Authority

January 8, 2018 at 07:42AM