Sony has unveiled a new voice-controlled smart speaker designed to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Called the LF-S50G, the speaker houses the same Google Assistant AI that runs on Google Home. The smart speaker was revealed today at the IFA conference in Berlin. Sony has unveiled a new voice-controlled smart speaker designed to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The LF-S50G is activated using the command'OK, Google' and can answer queries and control smart home appliances as well as play music.
Google Assistant, and by extension, the Google Home smart speaker, can now control a raft of smart home appliances, including products from big names such as iRobot, LG, GE Appliances, and D-Link. Most of these bigger names are not part of the Home Control section of Google Assistant. Instead, they utilize their own apps that integrate with Google Assistant (and in most cases, with Amazon's Alexa as well). The iRobot Home app, for example, lets you control Wi-Fi-connected Roomba vacuums via Google Assistant. Voice commands then let you tell Roomba to start, stop, or resume cleaning, or you can find out where the Roomba is in the house or what its status is.
Artificial intelligence assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have been a major topic of discussion over the past few months. From the release of the Google Home smart speaker to huge sales of Amazon Echo devices over Christmas, there's been a buzz in the air for months -- and that buzz is still building in 2018.
Google has unveiled a raft of new features for Android including a radical image recognition app giving phones'eyes'. Called Google Lens, it will be able to do everything from recognise flowers in a garden to translate menus in a foreign language. The firm also unveil a new iOS version of its smart assistant for the iPhone, taking on Siri, along with updates to its Home speaker turning it into a hands free phone and a smart reply service for Gmail. CEO Sundar Pichai first revealed over 2 billion people are now using Android, and said the future was about speech and vision. 'We are clearly at an inflection point with vision, so we are announcing Google Lens.
Apple is reportedly developing its own device similar to the Amazon Echo, which is said to have left the research and development lab and is now being tested as a prototype. Similar to the Echo, this Siri-driven device will control appliances, locks, lights and other areas of the home via voice activation. Apple is reportedly building its own version of the Amazon Echo, which left the research and development lab and is now being tested as a prototype. Bloomberg reveals Apple's Siri-driven device has left the research and development lab and is now being tested as a prototype. This device will control appliances, locks, lights and other areas of the home via voice activation.