Amazon's Alexa is extending its domain to a whole new set of gadgets. These third-party services are referred to as Assistant apps and, since the beginning, finding them has been hard, if not impossible.
Users of the smart displays being unveiled by Google can not browse the Web or install apps as they would on a tablet, but the new gadgets are optimized for sound quality and listening to voice commands.
With the week coming to a close, another Consumer Electronics Show has come to a close as well, and with it came along tons of new technology products to look forward to from all kinds of categories from TVs to appliances to smart home products to A.I. -assisted speakers.More news: Aggies commit too many mistakes in loss to No
Thankfully, that all changed.
You won't find a section dedicated to the Assistant apps in the Google Home app anymore. With the number of actions one can perform, Google also announced Actions, which includes over a million features built by Google and by developers that can be discovered via a new directory page on your Android or iPhone. The device is available to purchase in two different color options. This could reduce usage of Google's core services. The company's sending a clear sign to Amazon that there are still contenders in the digital assistance space.More news: Trump's disparaging remarks bring some Miami Haitians to tears
When Lenovo Group Ltd made a decision to create an assistant-enabled screen last summer that would sit on a kitchen counter like a mini-TV, it turned to Google.
The most daunting part, however, is knowing where to begin - like knowing what to search. EBay we're not sure where they're going, but they do (at least in the USA and Australia) have an early solution which works with Google Assistant. The best way to approach it is to keep it simple and let Google do what Google does best. But once you introduce the concept of going back, you're dealing with a more complicated hierarchy of menus, and asking users to keep track of where they are as they move between tasks. If you don't know how to prepare something, you can get step by step directions read to you or a quick query will pull up a YouTube video showing you what to do. The real question, he says, will be how Apple will differentiate itself, now that the key aspect of its HomePod - audio quality - has been co-opted by speakers such as the Google Home Max and Sonos One, not to mention others on the horizon. That was due to a many-year relationship that would help the PC maker get the product in stores fast, said Jeff Meredith, senior vice president for consumer computers and smart devices at Lenovo.More news: Netanyahu begins 6-day visit to India to deepen ties