It’s the Echo Spot vs. Lenovo Smart Clock.
Google today at CES unveiled a new nightstand alarm clock built in partnership with Lenovo. Powered by Google Assistant, the voice-controlled device has a 4-inch touchscreen, can control your smart home devices, and suggest alarms based on your daily routines. It goes on sale this spring for $79.
The Lenovo Smart Clock is a direct competitor to Amazon’s Echo Spot, another clock-style smart speaker device that debuted more than a year ago and retails for $130. Amazon’s device has a 2.5-inch touchscreen but also includes a camera.
This is the latest evolution in the ongoing smart speaker and voice assistant battle between Amazon and Google, one of the main themes this year at CES. Both sell their own hardware — Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home — but are increasingly getting their smart speaker software into millions of third-party devices.
Google announced this week that it expects Google Assistant to be built into one billion devices by the end of January, a number that includes Android phones and tablets. Amazon said last week that more than 100 million Alexa-powered devices have been sold.
The Consumer Technology Association, which runs CES, projects nearly 37 million smart speakers to be sold in the U.S. this year, up 5 percent, and more than 29 million smart home devices, up 23 percent.