Top Consumer (Then Soon, Big Data) Trends to Watch at CES 2018


We saw four new smart displays revealed earlier at CES 2018 in Las Vegas and Google has revealed via their blog that these are all powered by Android Things.

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.

Google Assistant has always been playing catch-up to Amazon's artificially-intelligent (AI) digital assistant Alexa.

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Some were surprised to hear that Google is partnering with companies instead of bringing Google smart screens to market themselves.

Smart Displays are new trend in the digital market as many giants have turned up to produce new smart displays for the tech enthusiasts.

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The Smart Displays will operate as voice-centric computers, responding to voice commands, but will also include an interactive tablet-like touchscreen. While all of this is already possible on Google smartphones, these displays are meant to be stationery items that can be placed on tables and shelves and other counter-tops.

Google is gradually expanding its voice assistant service to more and more devices and platforms.

Not only that, but Alexa will also grace some of Toyota Motor Corporation's 2018 vehicle models.

So much so that according to a report from Bloomberg, Google could be considering revamping it online store where the focus is made on Google Assistant and the various devices that support it. The company's sending a clear sign to Amazon that there are still contenders in the digital assistance space.

Google Assistant has been around a while, and one of the things it was lacking was a dedicated, comprehensive directory on the web that tells you what it can do. 64% of those who responded in the survey are using the device for smart home functionality and 66% said they wanted to entertain using the speakers with music and other content.