Lenovo introduces its new Smart Display powered by Google Assistant

Delia Watkins
January 12, 2018

Who needs a copy of Reader's Digest when Alexa is free for a chat, instead?

The Consumer Electronics Show is underway in Las Vegas, showcasing the world's largest new cutting-edge technology. That gives it an edge over the Echo Show, considering Google pulled support for the YouTube app on Amazon's touchscreen device previous year.

And both Alexa and Assistant are finding their way into cars; numerous auto makers this week announced voice assistant integration for their 2018 and 2019 models.

The feature is arriving on the company's Hopper, Joey and Wally devices at some unspecified time in the first half of this year.

Based on The Smart Audio Report, smart speaker adoption is occurring on pace with the rapid adoption of smartphones a decade ago. We can't wait to see what you do with the Assistant this year. It's unclear as of now exactly how much the JBL Link will cost, though the Amazon Echo Show currently retails for $230 on Amazon, while the Google Home goes for $129 at Walmart. We call devices like the Google Home and the Amazon Echo smart speakers, but so far we've mostly tended to use them as smart microphones.

But the variety of devices packing Alexa certainly appears to be growing ever broader. The DVR company has just announced that integration with these two digital voice assistants is on the way for TiVo products, allowing you to consume your DVR content in better ways. As its name implies, Smart Displays include interactive touchscreens similar to Amazon's Echo Show, unlike the Google Home, which primarily relies on voice commands.

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When Vuzix last week announced that its Alexa-enabled augmented reality smart glasses would debut at CES, you had to know it was just the beginning of the Alexa avalanche coming in 2018.

"This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her", Rabuchin added. We will continue to roll out the Assistant to existing Android TVs such as AirTV Player, TCL, Skyworth and Xiaomi.

For analyst Simon Bryant at market research firm Futuresource, the current leader is easy to identify.

The reveal of Google's smart screens is fresh, so all of the details aren't in yet for each of the independent manufacturers.

However, he doesn't think that fridges and bath tubs are where Alexa will really become indispensable for home users, not least because most people don't replace such items often.

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