Along with these devices also a list "smart displays" were displayed. The Google Assistant skill is reportedly more robust, allowing users to search for specific recordings directly through voice commands.
Voice assistants are poised to take over our homes. Aibo will be available in Japan for about $2,000 US but so far the company hasn't said if they are bringing Aibo back to the states. "And in the auto a true automotive assistant, which knows what drivers want and how cars work, is probably a better choice for the "driving" end of that interface than a general goal assistant coming from the home environment". While it may quote 400 million devices with Assistant access, most are Android smartphones rather than the smart speakers or other devices that we've seen Alexa proliferate on. The assistant's shadow looms large and wide over a lot of categories from PC's, automobiles and even toilet seats.
Amazon's Alexa smart assistant was the quiet star of the show at last year's CES.
Amazon scored headlines with the announcement that Toyota Motor Corp. It's also why Google is being flashier than usual at CES 2018. You can watch videos, look at recipes, video chat and more on the display.
Manufacturers of appliances and other products are considering factors such as ease of use and language support as they pick voice technology from what they view as a wide open battle between Alphabet Inc's Google, Amazon.com Inc and others. But the Amazon Echo has a 68% share in the rapidly growing smart speaker market. But where are all of the non-PC Cortana devices? Samsung's Bixby is still looking for takers and all the third party assistants are way behind the pack to matter. Outside of United States and Europe, Amazon's reach starts to dwindle. Since all of these hubs are using Google Assistant, they will need to work hard to stand out.
"We'll have to see how that works out", Google's Scott Huffman, a Google VP, said.
The biggest distinction between Google and Amazon is that the former isn't producing its own smart display hardware yet, instead partnering with other vendors to offer 8- or 10-inch screens. This could reduce usage of Google's core services.