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Smart speakers: Amazon and Google's gateway into your home


  • Tech News
  • Saturday, 8 Sep 2018

Smart speakers and artificial intelligence remains a key battleground in the tech industry, as new products running Google, Samsung, Amazon and Apple assistants debuted at the recent IFA trade fair in Berlin. — dpa

Smart speakers and artificial intelligence remains a key battleground in the tech industry, as new products running Google, Samsung, Amazon and Apple assistants debuted at the recent IFA trade fair in Berlin. — dpa

When Amazon introduced its Echo speaker with the smart assistant Alexa nearly four years ago, the slender cylinder with a rather dry sound was still laughed at as something exotic. But buyers snapped up the smart speaker in droves, while Google and Apple raced to catch up.

At this year’s IFA trade fair in Berlin, it's clear that no consumer electronics manufacturer can avoid equipping their devices with digital voice assistants. Most of them are dependent on assistants from Amazon and Google – and are thus opening more and more doors into family homes for these online giants.

   

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