As a comparison, he said the company opted to go with Alexa for the refrigerator because there would be more of an intent to purchase things like groceries, and Alexa worked better there.
Several firms also revealed Alexa "dongles", many that double as chargers, at CES. The Smart Display is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 624 Chipset.
Amazon's Alexa has been helpful in our homes the last couple of years and now she's ready to give us a hand in our cars as well. Alexa in cars can also be synced with smart-home devices to control thermostats while on the road.
The Lenovo Smart Display is meant to be used for just about any task you might also do with the Google Home: playing music, controlling smart home devices, and pulling up recipes or restaurant recommendations, for instance. An Amazon Echo Show is $230, so the ThinQ WK9 should be in the same category. Meanwhile, The One with the Google Assistant is expected to arrive in in the spring of 2019 for an MSRP $349).More news: Police face mob anger after rape
"Google is here in a big way to promote its solutions and combat Amazon", said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. Portal will be equipped with facial-recognition technology to enable users to link their faces with their respective Facebook accounts. Just ahead of CES on Friday, Amazon announced the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit toolkit. JBL, which is also in the race with its rival companies, announced a new range of headphones that come along with built-in Google Assistant.
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. Both Google and Amazon are pushing to bring conversational control into your vehicle whether that's Byton's futuristic concept auto with Alexa inside, or getting updated information about your Tesla through Google Assistant. Most large technology companies, like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon, reserve their product announcements for their own keynotes and events.
But Amazon is leading the race to make software that can control other machines. The device, called Portal, can be controlled via voice commands.
Businesses can buy Alexa devices that help employees dial into conference calls, manage their calendars, find open meeting rooms and - not surprisingly - order work supplies from Amazon.