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.
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.