When Amazon announced the Echo Show countertop Alexa device, consumers were skeptical at best. Apart from the lackluster design that looks like a gadget from the 1990s, people seems unconvinced that they needed an Alexa gadget with a touchscreen taking up room on a counter or table in their homes. The beauty of Alexa is that it's quick and hands-off, which is why smart speakers have become so popular. If people want a screen, there are smartphones ready and waiting in their pockets.
Amazon ran various bundle deals on the Echo Show from the first day it was announced, and it even went on to slash the price after almost no time at all. Those seem like indications that the Echo Show may be an answer in search of a question, but Amazon isn't the only company that thinks people need touchscreen devices dedicated to their virtual personal assistant of choice. At CES 2018, Google announced a new flock of "smart displays" powered by Google Assistant and built by several different partners including LG, Sony, and Lenovo.
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Google announces Google Assistant-powered smart displays from LG, Sony, more originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 9 Jan 2018 at 08:51:04 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.