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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018

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Countless Alexa-  and Google Assistant-enabled devices littered the showroom floors. A number of speakers highlighted Alexa integration. For instance, Polk Audio showed off the first Alexa-enabled home theater soundbar, but there were also Alexa-enabled computers, smartphones, washers, dryers, refrigerators, light switches, and smoke alarms. ‘ data-reactid=”32″>Countless Alexa-  and Google Assistant-enabled devices littered the showroom floors. A number of speakers highlighted Alexa integration. For instance, Polk Audio showed off the first Alexa-enabled home theater soundbar, but there were also Alexa-enabled computers, smartphones, washers, dryers, refrigerators, light switches, and smoke alarms.

Voice-assistants are here to stay‘ data-reactid=”54″>Voice-assistants are here to stay

“The reality is, eventually, nearly everything is going to be voice controlled,” said Victoria Petrock, an analyst for the digital firm eMarketer.‘ data-reactid=”56″>“The reality is, eventually, nearly everything is going to be voice controlled,” said Victoria Petrock, an analyst for the digital firm eMarketer.

The big question is to what extent are all these different assistants going to be able to talk to each other in the home?” said Petrock.‘ data-reactid=”58″>The big question is to what extent are all these different assistants going to be able to talk to each other in the home?” said Petrock.

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What’s less clear is how the “smart home” will evolve in the medium-to-long term. Will one voice assistant end up ruling them all through an exhaustive selection of supported devices from third-parties, or will a company or outside consortium figure out a way for all the disparate devices to ultimately play nice? That’s a question not even Alexa or Google Assistant have a sassy comeback for.‘ data-reactid=”62″>What’s less clear is how the “smart home” will evolve in the medium-to-long term. Will one voice assistant end up ruling them all through an exhaustive selection of supported devices from third-parties, or will a company or outside consortium figure out a way for all the disparate devices to ultimately play nice? That’s a question not even Alexa or Google Assistant have a sassy comeback for.

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