CES 2019: Google vs. Amazon, who won?

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A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. LAS VEGAS – The Google team is seemingly everywhere at CES 2019, both in signage at the main convention center, ("Hey Google"), a large booth presence and hundreds of people dressed in white "Hey Google" jumpsuits, topped off with matching "Hey Google" beanies. Arch-rival Amazon, on the other hand, has a small, understated ballroom at the lower trafficked Sands Convention Expo, showcasing a potpourri of products, from Amazon and other vendors, that use the Alexa voice commands. Staffers are adorned in blue Alexa sports shirts. On the eve of the show, the companies threw down the gauntlet: Amazon Echo speakers and third-party vendors using the system have sold over 100 million units, Amazon said.


We asked Google Assistant, Amazon 's Alexa and Apple's Siri 150 questions. Here's who won.

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We pose 150 questions to Siri, Google and Alexa to see which one has more correct answers. OK Google, we get it. You are smarter than the other assistants. This has been the subtext of recent Google I/O developer conferences. The latest edition kicks off today in Mountain View, California, where the Internet giant is expected to announce several updates to the Google Home line, its answer to the Amazon Echo connected speaker.


John Legend is one of six new Google Assistant voices

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At the annual I/O developers conference on Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced that users now have six additional options for their Assistant's voice, one of which is that of famed singer/songwriter John Legend. The new voices arrive thanks to the company's work with Wavenet technology over the last year. They'll be available for both mobile and the Google Home beginning later today. Click here to catch up on the latest news from Google I/O 2018!


It's noisy in here! The coming problem of too many voice assistants

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While it's not a situation too many of us will ever find ourselves in, it doesn't sound too bad, right? Well, unfortunately, in the digital world, it's about to become our own worst nightmare. Having multiple voice-based assistants trying to answer or respond to our queries could lead to a cacophony of unwanted information. The problem is going to crop up in several different ways. First, several Android-based phones are going to include multiple voice-based assistants on their phones.


Dish Network's 'Hopper' DVR now offers Google Assistant voice controls

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Dish Network customers won't have to change the channel from their remote controls anymore. Now, they can just ask Google. Dish Network announced on Monday that all generations of its Hopper DVR set-top boxes will be compatible with Google Assistant, allowing customers to control the channel with their voice. The feature is compatible with Google Home speakers and the Google Assistant app on iOS and Android. The update marks a major shift for Dish Network, who will now give voice control options to the "tens of millions" of people who have bought a Google Home smart speaker.