Toyota and Lexus vehicles will add Amazon Alexa this year

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Toyota and Lexus vehicles will add Amazon Alexa this year

Google's Assistant can be summoned on Android smartphones, and Siri lives on Apple's iPhones. But its subtext is all about Google versus Amazon.

The preceding press release was provided by a company unaffiliated with Dealerscope. Not just at CES 2018 - where it installed a massive tent - but also on billboards throughout the city and even on the side of the Las Vegas monorail. And it's sent out the clowns - a jumpsuit-wearing army of advertising associates wearing brightly-colored Converse sneakers and hovering around partner firms' booths to explain how Google's technology works.

Also new this year: some serious competition. Apple's iPhone was introduced in the Summer of 2007.

And of course, the data that a large audience would churn out while interacting via voice day by day is what both of these giant companies really want. Getting shut out of voice devices could imperil Google's lucrative digital-advertising business, the source of its financial strength.

For consumers, meanwhile, the spread of these assistants offers new convenience in the form of an ever-present digital concierge.

A cute, table-top smart hub called CLOi went awry, with the voice-commanded, small snow-person shaped device quickly ignoring an LG executive. Google Assistant could also become a platform for buying products online.

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The country has received millions of dollars in aid for the recovery and rebuilt schools, homes and hospitals, the official said. "Conditions in El Salvador have remained extremely unsafe and volatile, albeit for different reasons", she said.

Amazon scored headlines with the announcement that Toyota Motor Corp.

LG is not entirely straightforward about the technical specifications of the WK9 either, merely listing on the Korean company's official U.S. website support for proprietary ThinQ Artificial Intelligence capabilities, "premium class sound" tuned by Meridian Audio, the 8-inch size of the product's touch screen display, and both built-in Google Assistant and Chromecast functionality.

These too have Alexa built in, which helps the wearer - for example - navigate through web content projected in the upper right part of his or her vision.

Microsoft's Cortana assistant, which is available on PCs running Windows 10, allows hundreds of millions of users to search the web using Bing.

Apple a year ago announced plans to launch a high-end HomePod speaker, but it mysteriously delayed the launch. Today, three years later, 16% of Americans own a smart speaker. The automaker said more models would be added in 2019.

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