Further, Google has also announced that they will make its Google Assistant service available to more smart displays in the future. Intelligent speakers, like Amazon's Echo and Google's Home, are "quickly becoming the core foundation of smart homes", he said. The learning curve is not that steep, and TiVo feels it is time to jump onto that specific bandwagon.
It has Chromecast functionality built in so you can cast to it from other devices. With IFTTT, the possibilities with TiVo go beyond just the convenience of voice controls to deeper, more relevant AI-powered tasks.
The new Google Assistant smart displays keep trickling in.
Now, the companies are doing it in slightly different ways when it comes to the smart home, the lowest hanging fruit for voice assistant integration.
With CES coming fast, more and more juicy tech morsels are eeking their way out into the news. Whether that means it will have its own AI assistant and system inside remains to be seen.
Google doesn't intend to manufacture these smart displays themselves though. TV makers such as Hisense, Xiaomi, and Skyworth will be bringing Google's voice-activated helper to their Android TVs. Product after product advertising support for Amazon Alexa and/or Google Assistant have been announced, heating up the rivalry between the two. While we long anticipated Google to answer the challenge presented by Amazon's Echo Show and its touchscreen smart speaker and home hub, we didn't think the company would rely on hardware from third parties.
The smart speaker market will evolve rapidly in the next few years, with more devices featuring screens, a variety of more focused products emerging, and eventually, the voice assistant moving beyond the smart speaker. In fact, we've sold more than one Google Home every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October. We got a thorough look at the Google and Amazon playbook on this strategy this week.
A truly broad user-base, rather than a small phalanx of die-hard fans, would certainly make victory for either Alexa or Google Assistant all the sweeter.
"We don't want to use AI as a marketing strategy", Park said on Monday in his first interview since he became CTO.