After iPhone, Google Brings ‘Assistant’ to Speaker & Smart Cameras
Google is expanding its base to collect user data, and these devices will help them with that.
Google on Thursday has announced that it would put its "Assistant" on partner speakers, appliances and connected cameras. This move will help them go head-to-head with Amazon’s Alexa voice-assistant.
The decision to extend availability of Assistant beyond Google Home and Android devices is likely to be good for both the voice-powered assistant market as well as for Google's ability to use its service to collect useful data from users.
The devices that would get "Assistant" include the Anker Zolo Mojo, a small cylinder speaker that's like a third-party Google Home, which will go on sale in late October.
The more places 'Assistant' appears, the more likely it is that people will engage with the voice companion and that's not territory Google wants to cede to someone like Amazon," the report adds.
Two other smart speakers powered by “Assistant” are Panasonic GA10 and the TicHome Mini.
Google is also now making it possible to use "Assistant" to check on the state of your laundry or dishes, using an integration with LG's line of home appliances.
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