CES 2018: Insteon Pairs With Google Products

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The problem with Google's new assistant is privacy. CES 2018 is different, and Google's presence is quite hard not to notice, as they enter to tech convention with an abundance of new, exciting developments in their smart technology systems. That would apparently put the Google Assistant at the heart of a smart home ecosystem, illustrating its close ties and integrations with other hardware from under the Alphabet umbrella like Nest thermostats and the Chromecast streaming adapter.

The company is reportedly working on a redesigned Google Store with Assistant-powered devices at the heart of its online platform, reports Bloomberg.

With Amazon dominating CES a year ago with Alexa, it seems that Google can no longer ignore Alexa's growing influence even though Google Assistant is available on phones and tablets.

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Amazon appears keen to keep Alexa in the walled garden of the Echo family, while Google is allowing Assistant to roam free into new display-touting smart speakers like the JBL Link View and Lenovo Smart Display.

"Smart displays from JBL, Lenovo, LG (all based on the Qualcomm SD624 Home Hub Platform) and Sony (based on the MediaTek MT8173 SoM) will be available later this year", Google says.

Android Things, formerly known as Brillo, was announced at Google IO 2015 and is aimed to be used low-power, low memory IoT devices. One quarter of smart speaker owners report having a Google Assistant product such as Google Home or Google Home Mini. YouTube, Google Photos, Duo for video chat - they'll all be featured in each of the smart displays that come to market. The two types of Lenovo smart displays which can be used as a picture frames when not in use will retail for $199,99 and $249.99 respectively this summer. Ask LG, about their AI-powered speakers... You can also share a specific function using the included button, letting your friends know how to get better control out of their smart devices. For more updates, stay tuned with us!

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