LAS VEGAS — Amazon’s early lead with the Echo smart speaker left competitors like Google playing catch up. But a few months ago Google Home arrived on the scene, competing directly with the Amazon device. The rivalry was on everyone’s mind during a CES panel on the future of the smart home, which included top executives from both Amazon and Google.
Mike George, vice president of Amazon Alexa, and Rishi Chandra, Google Home’s vice president of product management kept it very cordial during the session … for the most part.
But George did take one opportunity to gently gloat about Amazon’s clear lead in the category. It happened when Chandra was describing how ubiquitous virtual assistants will be in the future.
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