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LG adds Google AI in 'smart home' push

Toyota will offer Alexa in its cars starting later this year LG adds Google AI in 'smart home' push
Doris Mccormick | 12 January, 2018, 18:29

In all seriousness, the battle to be your smart home's virtual butler is hotly contested and a huge range of gadgets on show at the latest CES tech show in Las Vegas now boast ways for users to interact with them via assistants including Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri and others.

"The biggest theme is the fight for the connected home between Google and Amazon", Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy said during a day of back-to-back CES press briefings. It is estimated Google Home will capture 25 percent of the smart speaker market in 2018, while Amazon's Echo will command a 68 percent.

But it's the rivalry between Amazon and Google that is particularly noticeable.

Also new this year: some serious competition.

Even though a Google spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment, Google vice president of engineering Scott Huffman confirmed the company wants to spread Assistant to mobile devices, home gadgets, and cars to Bloomberg. SDA212 System on Chips are created to help developers and OEMs develop fast and efficient hubs based on Google Assistant and related Google services. One way Google is reportedly looking to do that is by launching a revamped online store in February.

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Amazon Echo, which is powered by Alexa, owns 76 percent of the smart speaker market share in the US, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP). This year, CES will introduce an AI category for the first time in CES Marketplace, where thousands of companies exhibit new products.

"Google has many more languages.so moving forward there are question marks about how long Amazon can sustain the growth". Google sold more than 6 million Google Home devices in the 2017 holiday season, Business Insider reported.

Alexa is also making its way deeper into the realm of Microsoft's Cortana.

Amazon's technology will be offered in certain Toyota and Lexus vehicles equipped with special infotainment software beginning in 2018 and expanding into more models in 2019.

More important than product push, Google's "VIP" presence at CES is also potentially a hiring gesture to poach developers, an analyst at Forrester Research told the Washington Post.

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