After reaching a large number of smartphones and some smart speakers, Amazon is now set to bring its Alexa voice assistant to various portable, on-the-go devices. Lenovo's Smart Display, for instance - our Best IoT/Smart Home award victor this year - pairs the AI technology with two different sizes of touchscreen, aiming to conquer a place on the kitchen counter that until now might have been home to an Amazon Echo Show. The Smart Display has builtin Google Assistant to get things done.
Google assistant Alexa is reportedly heading to Android devices, smart speakers, smart displays, and even cars equipped with the Android Auto infotainment system. The company first partnered with Bose to deliver Google Assistant enabled headphones in years past.
On the basic technology level, Alexa has, for competition, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. Google is looking to nab more of that real estate as well. The retail site will sell Google's products and will also sell the Nest smart thermostat, and Google's Assistant will be the main focus of the site.
Huffman explained that the incoming smart displays will have the smart assistant built in. Amazon had a head start over every other tech giant in the market with the launch of its Echo smart speaker in 2014, and Google has been playing catch-up ever since. The device comes with two speakers tuned by Meridian Audio and there's also a camera on board for making video calls via Google Duo. Lenovo stated they would be charging $199 for a device sporting an eight-inch screen, and $249 for a ten-inch model. Say, for example, you ask for a restaurant recommendation and the Smart Display provides you with one. However, storage specifications do not really matter much on devices likes these, as its role is to respond to voice commands and deliver requests via its display. So if Google Home is your smart home ecosystem of choice, you've also got Klipsch options available.
What's your take on this? If you have any feedbacks to share, kindly drop us into the comments section given below this post. The company announced that Assistant will be coming to Android Auto in the U.S. starting this week.