Chinese and US technology compete huawei, the Chinese giant, is not the keynote speaker at the 2019 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
However, China’s presence there is undeniable and shows China’s competition with the United States (US) as the host. CES is the largest electronics exhibition in the world attended by more than 180,000 people and 4,400 companies that ended yesterday.
It became a place for people to find the latest technology that is developing nowadays in the world. The event also became a technology company competition between the US and China. Huawei Mate is one of the products displayed at CES.
However, most US citizens do not like the product. Moreover, the US security agency has expressed concern about the use of various Chinese electronic products for fear of being used for espionage and intelligence programs. Plus, the Beijing-Washington bilateral trade climate is also boiling.
China came to CES because it wanted to be able to meet with all buyers from all over the world
The business reason for China to come to CES is because they (China) can meet with all buyers from all over the world.
That is why they are here (CES), “said Consumer Technology Association CEO Gary Shapiro, who manages CES, as reported by the BBC yesterday.
Huawei itself does not have a significant place at CES, and no company executives are present.
Different from last year where Richard Yu, one of Huawei’s senior executives, came as the main speaker. This year no Chinese company executives were present at the event. Not only Huawei, ZTE, a Chinese company based in Shenzhen, is present at CES every year since 2011.
There is no explanation for why this happened. It seems that ZTE protested because last year, US President Donald Trump signed an order that the US government should not use products from ZTE. In a BBC search, 14% of CES participants came from China with the presence of Alibaba, JD.com, Lenovo, and DJI, who took strategic locations.
While the US giant technology companies, also hit by many adverse things. Apple announced its revenue declined significantly. Apple CEO Tim Cook blamed the economic turmoil with China. He also revealed the China-US trade war had a severe impact on them.
Apple only sells a few iPhones in China. The challenge that emerges is that Apple is no longer a US product, but a Chinese product because it is produced in the Bamboo Curtain country. “I say that the Trump administration is part of this tension,” said Frank Gillet, an analyst for Forrester Research.
US-China tensions have resulted in increasingly fierce technological competition and suspicion of using their new technology. Indus tri technology in China has indeed developed in the last decade. Chinese products also have a cheap reputation and mimic Western creativity.
New Technology Continues to Appear
At CES, several new technologies have been exhibited, ranging from smart TVs, cars, pianos, to voice-activated toilets. Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant mostly makes virtual. Several companies making devices recognize the sophistication and convenience of Amazon or Google products.
For us, Alexa’s interactions are more comfortable and more straightforward. We have also tried Google Voice, “said Armen Gharabegian, CEO of ShadeCrarft, a maker of parasol control devices by voice.
Users can open or close the sunshade or play music on Bloom speakers only through voice commands. The technology can be used anywhere, especially at home.
Users can ask about the latest weather conditions or buy products through Alexa. This feature has been available for a few months ago in the US. However, during CES, Google also did not want to lose out on the development of sound technology.
Google issued Google Assistant Connect.
In its latest demo, Google released Google Assistant Connect, which is connected via a wireless connection with a smart device. Currently, Bloom users can also use the technology using Google Assistant Connect.
The advantage, users can access other features of Google. Google Assistant is given exclusive access to the Chromecast audio streams or YouTube screen and Google Maps. Google Assistant is also called better than Alexa in answering information in general.
Amazon Mengeluarkan Alexa Sonos
Instead, Alexa is better known for supporting third-party products and other applications. Another company that uses both technologies is Sonos. They demonstrated a prototype of the smart speaker that can be controlled using Alexa or Google Assistant, but the two cannot be used together.
The problem is, these interactions can confuse users. “For example, when we want to turn off the alarm using sound. We may not know whether Alexa or Google will turn it off so that it becomes stuck when it wants to give orders, “said technology expert from The Verge, Dieter Bohn.
Persaingan Amazon dan Google
However, consumers are believed to be gradually getting used to it. Amazon controls 41% of the smart speaker market in the world, while Google only 28%. Alexa’s dominance can be seen from the many companies that use it.
“Alexa has experienced excellence for several years. However, Google is also slowly beginning to catch up,” said Ross Rubin of Reticle Research. However, some people are skeptical of the added value that voice assistances provide in various products.
TOYOTA and VolkWagen competition
Then, car technology competition is also evident in CES. Ford, General Motors, Toyota, and Volkswagen display high-tech cars. One of them is a flying car that will be used by Uber to be a fast transportation solution.
In 2023, Uber will use flying cars as a taxi service with vehicles manufactured by Bell Nexus. “Space on the streets is limited. We provide transportation solutions with vertical dimensions, “said Bell CEO, Mitch Snyder. Autonomous cars are still friends at CES. So far, the most famous flying cars belong to Google’s Uber, Lyft, and Waymo.