Google was everywhere at CES 2019 – CNET

Google went all-in at CES.

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You couldn't look very far without seeing the words "Hey Google" plastered somewhere at CES 2019.

The search giant posted the trigger phrase for its Google Assistant software in giant letters above a main entrance to the Las Vegas Convention Center. It turned the city's monorail into moving billboards.

And for the second year in a row, Google unleashed an army of human "Google Assistants" dressed in white that looked like a cross between house painters and snowboarders. Wearing hats and jackets with "Hey Google" printed on them, the workers taught conference goers how the Assistant worked with different products across the show floor.

Most of the white-clad Google workers I approached declined to be interviewed, because they said to refer questions from the press to Google's communications department. But one worker I spoke to said Google found him through a temp agency.

Google also had a massive booth to showcase how the Assistant works with products from TVs to car dashboards. The company even set up its own version of "It's a Small World" that was, as the attraction itself stated, "part ride, part marketing stunt, if we're really being honest with ourselves."

CES has become an important staging ground as it tries to push its hardware products to compete with the likes of Amazon, Apple and Samsung. In the last few years, Google has stepped up its investment in consumer gadgets, with products including the Google Home smart speakers, Nest thermostats and Chromecast streaming devices.

All in all, Google said its presence at the show was three times larger than it was in 2018. But the company's footprint wasn't restricted to its own booth. Google's marketing blitz went far and wide.

Here's a look at other places in Las Vegas the search company plastered the words "Hey Google," from the convention center to Tech West in the Sands Expo, to above a Walgreens. This look isn't meant to be comprehensive, but it shows how much time, effort and money Google put into making a splash at CES 2019. (Google, though, didn't respond to multiple requests for comment on how much it spent on the show.)

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