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12 January 2018, 12:41 | Francis Delgado
John Scumniotales of Amazon Alexa Automotive at Toyota's CES booth on Tuesday. Ben Fox Rubin CNET
The newGoogle Assistant-compatible speakers will be made by companies such as Bang & Olufsen, Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, JBL, and iHome, among others. There are smart Samsung and LG fridges that can provide that info, but there's no easy way to plug that into my chosen Google ecosystem.
Direct-broadcast satellite service provider DISH has announced it is working on integrating Google Home and Google Assistant into its TV service. The revamped store, slated for a February 2018 release, is going to sell Google's own Home line of devices, as well as other devices powered by Assistant.
Toyota said Tuesday it will introduce Alexa, Amazon's cloud-based voice assistant, in some Toyota and Lexus vehicles in 2018. It's unclear as of now exactly how much the JBL Link will cost, though the Amazon Echo Show currently retails for $230 on Amazon, while the Google Home goes for $129 at Walmart. The company is promising support "in the coming months", which means that you will be using Assistant perhaps by middle of the year. For the first time in several years, Google has planted the flag at CES with a large booth of its own, which GBH Insights research chief Daniel Ives attributes to the growing importance of software that can be used to manage other internet-connected devices.
While many consumers are aware of how a smart assistant can help them in the home - voice command in the auto is still a new idea.
Amazon shares rose in the US Monday, following news the tech giant's Alexa system will soon be available on even more third-party tech.
Alexa will appear in certain Toyota and Lexus models.
Google is gradually expanding its voice assistant service to more and more devices and platforms. Samsung also revealed it's bringing its voice assistant, Bixby, to its smart TVs and Family Hub fridges this year. This latest move by Amazon seems more like an attempt to challenge Cortana, rather than work with it, unless it proves to be the first chapter in showing how Alexa and Cortana will be mutual supportive. We're just a few days into the new year and continuing to make the Assistant more helpful and more available, no matter what device you're using.
However, he doesn't think that fridges and bath tubs are where Alexa will really become indispensable for home users, not least because most people don't replace such items often.
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