eMarketer estimates that Amazon's Echo will boast a 68% share in the smart speaker market this year, compared to Google Home's 25%. The company announced that Assistant will be coming to Android Auto in the United States starting this week. These are just some of the things that were unveiled this week, and while much of it may not release for the next few months, it will definitely be exciting to see it reach the market. "They are starting to express a lot more intent", he said.
Another product category this year was smart speakers which were either powered by Google Assistant or Amazon's Alexa, though it does seem that there were more speakers or devices with Google Assistant integrated into them.More news: N.Korea's International Olympic Committee member returns from talks with Bach
Both companies usually shun conventions like CES, preferring to debut gadgets at their own press events. LG is playing both sides, in fact. The technology was packed into a variety of smart home products, ranging from speakers and radios through to lamps and vacuum ... But there could also be some uneasiness about revealing even more about their habits, preferences, and routines to distant computers that are always listening for their commands.
Google's First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound embeds Google Assistant along with a full speaker into a ceiling mounted smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.More news: Friend of U Penn student arrested in murder case
The bathroom of the future is also getting a makeover thanks to a wealth of smart home devices which will either prove either extremely useful or just plain creepy. Google Assistant-powered smart displays will performs most of the functions that smart speakers do, while the display will allow you to watch videos from YouTube, make video calls with Duo and find photos from Google Photos, the company said.
JBL Link View [Photo: courtesy of Harman]"Making sure that the experience feels very natural, we're going to put a lot of work into that", says Hafsteinsson. "Five years from now, we're not quite sure either".
As for using smart speakers in a corporate environment, Munson says: "Such advice should count double given the frequency in which sensitive data will be spoken in range of a smart speakers, especially if it is located in a busy staff area or a meeting room". As Miriam Daniel, Amazon's head of product management for Alexa, told me, the company deliberately avoided smartphone concepts such as a home screen, back buttons, and complex menus which might distract from using voice controls.More news: Sandy Spring Bank Decreases Position in McDonald's Co. (MCD)