LG's Google Assistant smart display has been beaten with the ugly stick

LG's Google Assistant smart display has been beaten with the ugly stick

CES 2018 is officially under way and Google has set up camp.

Google is also looking into a strategy for buying products and services with Assistant, similar to how Alexa is capable of purchasing items.

Lenovo's 8- and 10-inch Smart Display has the built-in assistant and a 10-watt speaker. Amazon's Alexa has started its march into kitchens and living rooms around the world, ... and Google Assistant, which was released in 2016, is now used in many household appliances as well as Android smartphones.

What CES showed me is that Google and Amazon, kind of eerily, are on the same page when it comes to their voice assistants. 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.

However, the headline news was a new range of smart displays aimed squarely at challenging the Amazon Echo Show. The smart display will play music, display calendar, weather and Google Maps, among other things.

The displays are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 microprocessor.

Microsoft has announced that its voice-based digital assistant is here to stay. LG of course had plenty to show off, namely its new Nano Cell Super UHD TVs and the new OLED G8 TV models, both of which look stylish, promising, and are full of improvements over last year's TVs from the brand.

Digital assistants have been one of the most prolific technologies at this year's CES in Las Vegas. Interestingly, Jabra told us it also wants to bring Google Assistant support to the 'buds, whenever Google opens up its certification process. "However, as we increasingly engage with more virtual assistants in our home, at work, in the vehicle - and everything in between - a cognitive arbitrator will ultimately be needed to connect the diverse virtual assistants, third-party services and content, and intelligent agents through an interoperable interface". The company announced that its Assistant will be available in all vehicles that run its Android Auto software.

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