Google Hasn't Cracked The Smart Display's Complexity Problem

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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.

Google Assistant is a voice-activated software which operates on a range of Android and iPhone devices as well as the company's own Google Home speaker hub.

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. The fact that Alexa has a favorite color and other personal preferences has made the assistant more relatable - adding a bit of entertainment chops to that mix could help to further improve the experience. The 8-inch or 10-inch display is flanked by a speaker grill on the left side (or bottom if you place it in portrait), and the back is either faux Bamboo or a simple grey. Alexa has proved to be compatible with many smart devices and will be an easier way to connect your home than trying to hack together a solution with several different apps or assistants.

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LG Electronics' robot didn't quite meet the South Korean company's expectations and China's Baidu admits it still lags Google, but the two showed that the gap is closing between them and their US competitors at the annual CES trade show. Additionally, Assistant will also be available on more headphones this year from Jaybird, JBL, LG and Sony. It took almost a year for Google to come out with an Echo Dot competitor, and just as long for it to let third parties integrate Google Assistant into their devices.

With Google bringing its Assistant to smart displays (not to mention more TVs), it's obviously chasing Amazon's own Echo Show assistant in a major way. That followed outreach by Amazon, which had seen social media posts about people using the portable Echo Dot smart speaker in their vehicles, said David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president for devices and services.

But I (and possibly you, Engadget reader) knew that.

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Overall, digital assistants were in the spotlight at the event, in its second day, despite an array of digitalized home appliances and electric cars on display.

The company largely invented the modern smart-speaker category with the summer 2015 launch of the cylindrical Echo speaker.

"We'll have to see how that works out", Google's Scott Huffman, a Google VP, said. Video calling, Google Photos, and Google Maps are all supported.

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