This year, Google is hoping to make sure that doesn't happen again.
Google Assistant has always been playing catch-up to Amazon's artificially-intelligent (AI) digital assistant Alexa. Of course, Google's Assistant brings all of its useful and fun features, such as smart home control, your daily schedule run-down, and news briefings. Smart displays are essentially speakers with tablet-like displays that can play music, control your smart home and provide visuals as well.
"In the smart-speaker market specifically", Bloomberg reports, "[market research firm] EMarketer estimates Echo will command a 68 percent share this year, compared with 25 percent for Google Home". The company has further wrote in a blog post that, they will introduce the Google Assistant with companies like JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony.
Google is also looking into a strategy for buying products and services with Assistant, similar to how Alexa is capable of purchasing items. Klipsch Heritage Wireless speaker The Three with the Google Assistant built-in will be available this fall and will sport a price tag of $499 while the Klipsch Heritage Wireless speaker The One with the Google Assistant built-in will be available in the spring of 2019 for a price tag of $349. Running this experience is Android Things, Google's low-power OS meant for IoT devices.
The whole idea behind Smart Displays is to serve as an in-house assistant for all your daily needs.
Google traded more than 1 Home smart device each second ever since it began exporting in October a year ago, taking the numbers of sales to more than 6 Million, the firm has declared this week. With a display, Google Assistant will be able to play a YouTube video, search for map directions, call a cab and track it, as well as pull up images through Google Photos. Hardware manufacturers have launched a wide array of new smart home products, most of which come with either Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant. It's no secret that Amazon Echos are selling like hot cakes, so if Google wants to close the gap, it needs to get into more devices. When playing the Lucky Trivia game, for example, the Assistant will show the questions and multiple choice options on screen accompanied by bright and fun visuals.
Google's presence at CES is significant in and of itself.
So folks, that's what all about the new Smart Display from Lenovo powered by Google Assistant. There's still a great number of Alexa-enabled devices launching this year, but companies aren't just saying "it works with Alexa".