Welcome to 3:59.
I'm Roger Cheng.
I'm Ben Foxrubin.
I'm Alfred Ing.
It's good to be back from the craziest of Las Vegas at CES.
One of the big themes on the show had to be the back and forth between Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.
Ben, you covered this pretty closely.
Who do you think won?
It's pretty obvious.
It was Google.
> But it was Google because you're the Amazon guy too.
> I mean, I'm not "Amazon's guy." Come on.
So, Google won it out obviously because they spent a ton of money.
> They spent an insane amount of money on marketing.
And, so, they just really wanted to flood the zone at the show.
And it's partly because they are right now number two in smart speakers.
They are like Amazon basically dominates right now.
They have two thirds of the market in the United States [UNKNOWN] smart speakers, Google only has about a third and then everybody else is kind of fighting over the scraps,
Otherwise so That gives Google a very good reason to spend, I don't know how much money they did, on Google, the Ride.
And really trying to do, go ahead.
I was gonna ask though, why do you think they won, just because their names were everywhere?
Did they actually have better products and features come out over Amazon?
They had a lot of stuff.
I think the marquee feature was the Google Trip Remote, right, be able to translate different languages, 27 different languages.
[COUGH] But yeah, it was definitely, for me it was more of a presence thing, they were everywhere, you couldn't avoid seeing them.
They have a lot of announcements too, they have a ton.
But they would announce their partners, right?
They didn't actively announce anything themselves.
Yeah, yeah, that's right and I thought it was interesting like for instance Lenovo came out wit ha product that looks a lot like, The echo spot, so that kind of rival like one of those Amazon products.
Kitchenaid came out with a smart display.
And this is Google Assistance and now Amazon has to fight of, Kitchen Aid of all companies, so there was just a lot that Google was tying to stack up and I think that they definitely did a good job.
They also advertised like crazy all over Las Vegas, so if they were really trying to make a big splash and show folks that hey we're here and we are really Looking to compete and they did that job.
All right so another theme from CS was the foldable displays, LG wowed us with its big screen rollable Oled television, but I was looking at it from the full perspective.
[UNKNOWN] was there it's just like a Chinese start up with this kind of janky foldable phone, I tried it it actually.
Hardware wise it wasn't bad.
Software wise it was a complete mess.
But we just saw a report in the Wall Street Journal today that more foldable phones are coming.
Particularly in Motorola.
Lenovo is bringing back the Motorola RAZR as a $1500 flip phone.
I am totally good.
With a foldable display.
[CROSSTALK] Think about it.
Dude, nah, I'm good.
Unless, you know, they drop that price like severely I'm.
I mean clearly this is not meant for the typical user, right?
This is gonna be a novelty item, this is gonna be an item for the one-percenters.
I'm a one-percenter.
I'm stinking rich, but [CROSSTALK].
Nope, I'm good.
All right, well, that, I mean, look, that's the future of foldable phones.
Lastly, Nike yesterday unveiled its new self lacing shoes yesterday.
Alfred, take us through this.
What are the shoes like?
What are they called?
So they're called the Adapt BBs.
This is the sequel to the 2016 HyperAdapt 1.0s that they came up with.
They're gonna be available February.
17th for $350 and they tied themselves based on an app that you get through Nike, or you can just, if you don't wanna use your phone or give Nike your data.
It has buttons on the side, one that is closer to the back like will loosen it and then the one closer to your toes will let this, Lighten it.
Just do a front flip.
Is there a button on the app that pushes [CROSSTALK] basically enables you flip like that, or-
No, I wanted to see the difference in athletic ability based on the tightness of the shoe.
They has all these basketball players there dunking basketballs and stuff.
But I can't dunk a basketball, I tried several times.
So I was like, okay.
What can I do?
So I put it really loose and I tried to flip and then I put it really tight and I tried the flip and it definitely does make a difference you feel like you have more grip and control when it's really tightened versus when it's like loose your.
More relaxed, I can see that for when you're just sitting down and just wanna chill out.
And don't want a really tight shoe.
All right, for full coverage, [UNKNOWN] at CNET, I'm Roger Cheng.
Ben Fox Rubin.
I'm Alfred Ng.
Thanks for listening.
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