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We've seen a lot of Google Assistant powered speakers hit the market in the past few months, and even more made their debut at CES 2018.

Affordable smart speakers saw a boom over the gift giving season, with Amazon Echo and Google Home featuring at the forefront of the "most sought" list.

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On the show floor, it smoothly scrolled through demo applications popping up info in ways we're used to seeing on our phones or through Android Auto. This includes the ability to translate spoken phrases. Along with these devices also a list "smart displays" were displayed. Though Google released a cheaper version of its smart speaker, the Google Home Mini, late a year ago, Amazon's aggressive promotions of the discounted Echo Dot are believed to have made it the holiday sales victor.

Now, the companies are doing it in slightly different ways when it comes to the smart home, the lowest hanging fruit for voice assistant integration. In its newest TVs, the Korean company will use Google's Assistant. The company may add some more color variants to its lineup in the future. 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. The Smart Display runs on Android Things, Google's platform for Internet of Things devices, rather than the standard version of Android.

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Sony is also working on a smart display with Google Assistant integration, but we've yet to see that model in the flesh. The ThinQ View has stereo speakers, like the JBL model above, and all the features that come with Google Assistant. 64% of those who responded in the survey are using the device for smart home functionality and 66% said they wanted to entertain using the speakers with music and other content. 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.

Bloomberg reports the online store will place a much greater emphasis on its own products, like Nest devices, in an attempt to double down on Assistant.

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"We're thrilled that Toyota and Lexus will bring Alexa to customers on the road", said John Scumniotales, Head of Product for Amazon Alexa Automotive.

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