IFA news: Google is talking up new products that leverage its Google Assistant

PCWorld

Amazon's deluge of Alexa and Echo integrations and tie-ins at CES last January caught Google a bit flat-footed. It seems Google is looking to return the favor at IFA. The company announced several new third-party products that either have Google Assistant built in, so you can talk to them like Google Home, or that work with Google Assistant, so you can control them with voice commands. On the control front, Google announced that several new LG washing machines, clothes dryers, and vacuums will respond to voice commands spoken to a Google Home, Android smartphone, iPhone, or any other device with Google Assistant built in. Say "OK Google, start vacuuming," and your LG robot vacuum will fire up and start cleaning your floors.


Anker's Bluetooth charger brings Alexa to your modern car

Engadget

Some automakers are already planning to load their new models with Amazon's famous voice assistant, but you don't need to buy a new car to have Alexa as a road companion. Anker has launched a new plug-and-play Bluetooth smart charger at CES 2018 called Roav Viva, and it can give you access to the AI no matter what car you're driving -- as long as it supports Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP. The technology's been around since early 2010s, so chances are your vehicle comes equipped with it if you purchased it within the past few years.


Google's voice assistant coming to speakers and appliances

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google's voice assistant is about to be available on a lot more devices beyond the Google Home and Android phones. The AI - which rivals Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana - will now be found on a new set of third-party speakers and appliances, the company announced today at IFA the consumer electronics show in Germany. These devices will either come with Google Assistant built in (meaning you can talk to it) or will be compatible with it (meaning you can use the assistant to control it). Google Assistant- which rivals Apple's Siri, Amazon's Alexa, and Microsoft's Cortana - will now be found on a new set of third-party speakers and appliances, the company announced today at IFA the consumer electronics show in Germany. Google's voice assistant is about to be available on a lot more devices beyond the Google Home and Android phones.


Google Is On a Mission to Upstage Amazon at This Year's CES

TIME - Tech

At last year's CES, among the biggest technology conferences of the year, it felt like you couldn't turn a corner without hearing about Alexa, Amazon's virtual assistant. This year, Google is hoping to make sure that doesn't happen again.


Google Maps adds yet another feature: Google Assistant

Mashable

Google Assistant is coming to Google Maps. Yep, after adding music streaming, restaurant planning, e-scooter renting, and more to its mobile maps app, Google announced Tuesday at CES in Las Vegas that its digital assistant is joining the party. Google Assistant is expected to be on 1 billion devices by the end of January. Amazon's Alexa, meanwhile, is reportedly on more than 100 million devices. So, why add the voice-controlled assistant to Google Maps?