ProBeat: Alexa was CES 2018's buzzword

Apple's Siri-powered HomePod smart speaker was also supposed to be released during this period but the company delayed the release to 2018. There is no news yet on the projected future of the Google Assistant, but fans are expecting more information in the coming months. There, they're split into activities, such as Arts & Lifestyle, Travel & Transportation, Productivity, and Games & Fun. One way Google is reportedly looking to do that is by launching a revamped online store in February. It's something that Amazon has had for a while in its Alexa app: a Skills menu lets you not only search for, but also discover new skills sorted by popularity, application and more. The company's sending a clear sign to Amazon that there are still contenders in the digital assistance space. It has "Tuned by Meridian Audio" speakers on both sides, while the front-facing camera is above it.

HiSense also wasn't the only company to announce new TVs either. Getting shut out of voice devices could imperil Google's lucrative digital-advertising business, the source of its financial strength.

"We've seen tremendous excitement with the Lenovo Smart Display, LG Smart Speaker, Harman/JBL working with our Home Hub platform - and this is just the beginning", said Qualcomm spokesperson Liz Sweeney. In essence, it's just a Google Home device with a screen. "We want to make sure that people have the broadest set of choices in terms of what kind of device they want that has Google Assistant", he said. This hands-free helper is an ideal addition to just about any room of your home, because it can assist with nearly anything, from running down your schedule to finding recipes for dinner, to displaying information for a school report. Though Google released a cheaper version of its smart speaker, the Google Home Mini, late previous year, Amazon's aggressive promotions of the discounted Echo Dot are believed to have made it the holiday sales victor.

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It will be interesting to see how Amazon responds to Google's aggressive moves at CES. With the voice commands, users will be able to ask their TiVo to Select, Play, and Record as some of its more basic features.

Erickson doesn't believe that the smart assistant race is a zero-sum game. However, when it comes to the company's refrigeration units will use Alexa.

The report suggested that Amazon and Google had embarked on a market share contest over the festive season, heavily discounting their smart speakers (in particular their smallest speakers) to the extreme that each sale may have actually resulted in a loss of a few dollars per unit. The new Family Hub refrigerators also sport AKG-branded speakers, offering deep bass and rich mid-range audio, which is certainly a big boost for Samsung Bixby.

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