CES 2018 Highlights: Amazon, LG, Asus and Many More Announcements


LG Chief Technology Officer Il-pyung Park speaks to CNET in his first interview since getting the job. Sarah Tew CNET

The Google Assistant recently pushed to LG's Smart Speakers. Even after Google catches up to Amazon - in some respects, it already has - both companies will continue to coexist, as each has strengths the other lacks. The CES announcement about Toyota is just the latest sign of Alexa's growing reach.

Sales of voice assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home doubled in Q4 2017 compared to the same period in 2016 according to a new Consumer Electronics Report from Adobe.

Amazon's Alexa virtually dominates the voice-based AI space with a 82% market share with Google Home way behind at 18%. Or if you want to know what smart lights work with Google Home, just search "smart lights". Lenovo's Smart Display, for instance - our Best IoT/Smart Home award victor this year - pairs the AI technology with two different sizes of touchscreen, aiming to conquer a place on the kitchen counter that until now might have been home to an Amazon Echo Show. The smart display comes with Assistant inside and an always-listening feature to hear for commands. It has weather, news and calendar functions.

As for pricing, the Smart Display will cost $199.99 or $249.99, depending on whether you opt for the 8in or 10in model.

Top smart hubs for 2018 - the best hubs for smart home control. Both screens are HD: the smaller one has a 1,200 x 800 resolution, while the larger model has a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 display. Users are at liberty of controlling the volume or control tracks via voice command through Google Assistant. In the meantime, CES 2018 might be filled with smart products until its final day.

We have seen a lot of new devices being announced by different companies at CES 2018.

"Overall, AI-enabled devices with voice interaction have been a major trend at CES", she told TechNewsWorld. "We're pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper's video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones".

Affordable smart speakers saw a boom over the gift giving season, with Amazon Echo and Google Home featuring at the forefront of the "most sought" list. Z-Wave is an alliance of more than 2,100 products from 600 companies. They are due out in the USA this summer, but we don't know when they are coming to the United Kingdom or what prices will be. There's also Chomecast built-in.

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