Walmart's ongoing war with Amazon is continuing. The retail business adds voice-controlled shopping to Google Assistant as part of a new "Walmart Voice Order" feature that marks its latest salvo against Amazon and its dominant Alexa platform.
Users can simply add Walmart to Google Assistant and associate their existing Walmart delivery accounts. They will immediately be able to trade with Walmart through voice commands, just as Amazon offers with Alexa.
The new integration comes at an interesting time for Walmart. The recently abandoned Google Express shopping service is likely to focus more on its own retail efforts (instead of educating them through Google). The new integration of Google Assistant reflects it. You will use Google's voice service to add items to your cart and order products, but Walmart will actually handle the processing and deliver the order.
This is not Walmart's only tech push, either: the company announced a strategic strategic five-year partnership with Microsoft for cloud services last year to better compete with Amazon in the digital space.
According to Walmart's announcement of the new assistant integration, the service will roll to more customers over the coming weeks, which may mean that it may not work with your account.