Sales via Voice assistant grew 103% in Q4 2017

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At CES 2018, Gourmia, a designer and manufacturer of countertop kitchen appliances, has unveiled five new Internet of Things (IoT) smart kitchen appliances that integrate with Google Assistant, part of the Google Home eco-system.

The tech major presently provides 3 Home gadgets namely the Home Max, the original Home, and the Home Mini.

Google in its announcement said that Assistant will also be coming to more voice-enabled speakers from brands like Altec Lansing, Anker Innovations, Bang & Olufsen, Braven, iHome, JBL, Jensen, LG, Klipsch, Knit Audio, Memorex, RIVA Audio and SoLIS.

A report in Bloomberg suggests that Google may launch a re-vamped online store in February, with devices featuring Google Assistant front and center.

It is due to release in the U.S. this summer with other territories following later, but no exact date was given.

Lenovo also included a base stand which lets users display the device either horizontally or vertically. The 8-inch model comes with a soft matte finish, while the 10-inch version can be customized with a bamboo finish. If you're specifically looking for an Alexa device, though, you're probably better off getting an Echo directly from Amazon.

When you're writing content remember that voice queries are often longer and more specific than text input queries - most people can talk quicker than they can type and consumers are remarkably polite when talking to a voice assistant.

The idea is for Google to remain competitive with Amazon's Alexa.

The Lenovo Smart Display will be available starting this summer, in two sizes. "We're pleased to be working with the Google Assistant to offer our customers the ability to control Hopper's video experiences through the Assistant on speakers and phones". "We wanted this to be instead you're having a conversation and the display enhances it, so a lot of the work is going to ensure we maintain that simplicity".

Google said on Monday its voice-controlled virtual assistant will show up this year in new tablet-like devices designed by LG Electronics Inc and Sony Corp as the technology company seeks to challenge Amazon's dominance in a fledgling market. While the company didn't directly attend the event, their product Alexa was found in a range of devices including Kohler's mirror which had the AI inside it. Sounds more like the one from the fairy tales but it was an actual product.

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