Google teams with Sony, Lenovo for smart speakers with touchscreens

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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.

Google, as one would expect, is quite anxious about Amazon's continued dominance in the market.

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.

Whirlpool customers can use voice commands anywhere in the house through their digital assistants. The kit will be coming later this year and, while it's not ideal, it's a big step forward in the industry. 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.

As for products with Google Voice integration, Klipsch confirmed that the products that will come with Google Assistant built-in will include its Heritage Wireless speakers, the Heritage Three and The Heritage One. The company has further wrote in a blog post that, they will introduce the Google Assistant with companies like JBL, Lenovo, LG and Sony. The company said the smart speaker will be included in various smart speakers including iHome, Altec Lansing, RIVA Audio, Knit Audio, Memorex, and more.

Google's First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound embeds Google Assistant along with a full speaker into a ceiling mounted smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.

While fridges, TVs, and charming (if faltering - see below) household robots may be of interest to consumers, the digital assistant space will be of interest to the business community, as the BYOD-led move of certain tech into the workspace continues apace.

Toyota is planning to bring Alexa to some of its US-bound cars this year.

Amazon's voice AI Alexa managed to dominate the entire event by being integrated into so many devices than you could probably count.

Amazon appears keen to keep Alexa in the walled garden of the Echo family, while Google is allowing Assistant to roam free into new display-touting smart speakers like the JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display.

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