Lenovo Smart Display Is the Perfect Digital Assistant

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The whirlwind that is CES 2018 is drawing to a close, and the big winners from this year's massive gadget show are clear; Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa dominated the tech on display, finding their way into new and exciting applications. Amazon's Echo, the first smart speaker on the market, was introduced in November 2014.

"Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more", Amazon Alexa vice president Steve Rabuchin said in a statement.

According to Qualcomm, this more powerful version of its platform (SDA624) can drive a Full HD+ display, capture 4K video and support Tensor Flow for on-device machine learning.

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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.

It's just incredible how lots of people are coming to this event year after year and they're all excited to show stuff and find out stuff and they leave with much fun and facts learned from this event, even if a lot of those things are weird and majority show devices, it's actually great for everyone.

Some were surprised to hear that Google is partnering with companies instead of bringing Google smart screens to market themselves. The OS on the Smart Display will be the new Android Things OS which Google had announced towards the end of 2017, since the company wanted their new internet of things devices to be powered by the software.

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Both displays lack distinct Lenovo or Google branding. Some analysts think that Amazon and Google might have lost a few bucks per unit just to move product.

On top of the Google Assistant integrations, Panasonic also announced it was working with Amazon to introduce Alexa natively to the next generation of in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. More than two-thirds of smart speaker owners report having an Echo, Dot, or other Alexa-based product. The company has launched the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit to make its new development possible and ultimately broaden the reach of Alexa - taking on Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and Microsoft Cortana.

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