Since launching the original Echo smart speaker in 2014, Amazon has expanded its line of Alexa voice-activated devices to reach a dominant position in the marketplace.
Realizing it has a bit of catching up to do and possibly may need to redefine the ground rules, Google this week put the consumer electronics world on notice that this no longer is a one-horse race.
Google threw down its gauntlet at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. Its plans include not only expanding its Home smart speaker line, but also changing the entire conversation about the appliances and electronics that can form the basis of a smart home ecosystem.
“In 2016 our data predicted that smart assistants would move beyond dedicated speakers to a wide range of connected household devices, and we continue to believe that will be true,” Mark Beccue, principal analyst at Tractica, told TechNewsWorld.