Klipsch speakers to soon get Alexa and Google Assistant support

Klipsch speakers to soon get Alexa and Google Assistant support

Klipsch speakers to soon get Alexa and Google Assistant support

Google's presence at CES 2018 this week has been considerable, buying out much of the advertising space on the strip and around the Consumer Electronics Show convention centers, and setting up shop in a sizable tent to demonstrate its Assistant's prowess.

Google's Assistant also wasn't too far behind Alexa, with the company launching a range of new smart displays and other devices powered by the Assistant.

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.

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The pair of Alexa-enabled smart glasses is definitely a successor to Google's failed product.

The benefit of this is simpler integration, with one device that not only serves as the connection nexus for all Z-Wave wireless communication, but that can also offer full voice control and provide all of Google's assistant services. Recently, Google showcased "smart displays" featuring their AI. The smart display will play music, display calendar, weather and Google Maps, among other things. LG is playing both sides, in fact. This includes Assistant updates such as voice commands for troubleshooting batteries on smartphones and payments of mobile-carrier bills, though it would likely be many years before Canadians would see the latter.

The displays are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 624 microprocessor. The 8-inch model is priced at $199 while the 10-inch will retail at $249 when it goes on sale in early summer.

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"With more connected home devices introduced each year, it can be a challenge to make sure they all remain interconnected", said Ryan Craig, senior manager, internet of things global strategy and partnerships.

On the basic technology level, Alexa has, for competition, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, Microsoft Cortana and Samsung's Bixby. The Google Assistant recently pushed to LG's Smart Speakers. Adding Google Assistant will make Dish's TV service one one of the friendliest for voice control. Google is looking to nab more of that real estate as well. With a display, Google Assistant will be able to play a YouTube video, search for map directions, call a cab and track it, as well as pull up images through Google Photos. We would get to see some more smart displays from various giants in the coming days.

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