CES 2018: The top five announcements from popular companies

CES 2018

Google Assistant has taken over Siri and Microsoft Cortana in a bid to occupy a prominent space ahead of Amazon Alexa. We have already reported the integration of Google Assistant with Insteon smart connected home devices. At the ongoing CES 2018, several manufacturers have announced their plan to embed Google Assistant with a wide range of displays, headphones and other gadgets. In this article, we will examine the list of accessories expected to ship with Google Assistant support.

Intel quantum chip

Intel has launched a 49-qubit quantum chip at CES 2018. According to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, the newly launched quantum chip is a major milestone in a bid to achieve quantum supremacy. The chip manufacturer has established a partnership with a Netherlands-based research lab to design, test and build advanced quantum computing systems. Although Intel has announced the chipset, we don’t have any information about the estimated timeframe for the launch. Intel also revealed that the neuromorphic chip is functioning very well as expected and will be capable of performing simple object recognition in the labs.


If you would like to buy a smart display speaker, you need to consider JBL LINK View since it is powered by the Google Assistant. The JBL LINK View is equipped with a high-resolution touch display with dual stereo speakers and a front-facing camera. The addition of the JBL Signature Sound technology helps the speaker to deliver a premium audio experience. With JBL LINK View, you will be able to interact with the speaker via voice. For example, you can let the speaker play songs just by voice.

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JBL Everest Headphones

JBL has added three new headphones under the Everest brand. It includes JBL Everest 710GA around-ear, Everest 110GA in-ear, and Everest 310GA on-ear. The JBL Everest headphones offer premium sound experience with reliable wireless connectivity via Bluetooth. You will be able to work with the Google Assistant directly from the headphones. However, the compatible paired smartphone should also require the Assistant. It is possible to play music and perform other actions using voice without having to establish a connection with a smartphone via cables and Bluetooth option. The JBL Everest headphones are designed to deliver long battery life. Moreover, the headphones also include a fast charging mechanism to enable quick charging of headphones.

Sony Wireless Headphones

Sony has released a wide range of noise-canceling headphones (WF-SP700N, WI-SP600N, and WI-SP500) integrated with Google Assistant at the CES 2018. The highlight of the headphones is the addition of a splash-proof design and provides in-ear comfort with awesome listening experience. The Sony WF-SP700N features a compact charging case with the ability to open with a single touch. The headphone provides the capability to deliver up to three hours of backup. The Sony WF-SP600N headphone provides support for NFC with which you can establish connectivity with the Sony Headphones Connect app. The advanced Sony WI-SP500 headphone provides support for IPX4, NFC with the ability to deliver 8-hour battery life. The over-the-neck design helps you to work with the accessory comfortably. Moreover, the headphone will be useful for outdoor enthusiasts. While the first two headphones will be available in June, the third headphone can be grabbed in April at EUR 90.

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Sony XAV-AX5000

The Sony XAV-AX5000 will be integrated with Google Assistant on Android Auto. The 6.95-inch AV receiver included with the display helps you to establish mobile connectivity while driving simply via voice, messaging including music playback. The interface has been refreshed in such a way to enable users to work with it easily. In addition to super quick wake up design, the Sony XAV-AX5000 also includes dual USB ports with a sleek aluminum build.

Meanwhile, Samsung has confirmed that the flagship Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be launched at MWC 2018 and not CES. The company is not willing to deviate from the scheduled plan of the release at the MWC 2018 like in 2017.

Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and currently part of MVP Reconnect program. He is also part of the prestigious ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at admin@netans.com