Google moves forwards with its attempt to place its digital assistant inside every consumer appliance possible
The company announced that its voice-based chat service is now officially compatible with a range of home devices, which includes speakers and appliances such as refrigerators. After arriving on Google’s smartphone and speaker in 2016, the company hopes that it will become a vehicle for online commerce, as well.
However, Google faces stiff competition from Amazon, which is also trying to spread Alexa. For instance, Amazon and Microsoft announced on Wednesday a deal to make their digital assistants talk to each other. This means that, later this year, people using Alexa will be able to ask Cortana do a range of tasks, including reading emails. The other way is also possible.
LG announced at a conference in Berlin that it plans to bring the service to upcoming washing machines and refrigerators. Google added that the assistant would soon be in sprinklers and vacuum cleaners. All those SCI-FI movies are becoming a living reality.
Sadly, the only partner missing from the table is Samsung, a major manufacturer of Android phones and home appliances that is currently developing its own voice assistant.