Sunday, 20 January, 2019


Google’s Assistant will soon be available to 1 billion users

Chris Monroe  CNET Chris Monroe CNET
Melba Vasquez | 07 January, 2019, 17:08

The piece also notes that Amazon is sold out of its own Echo Dot smart speakers through January, after they were the hot seller over the Christmas period.

Amazon has been ahead of rivals like Apple and Google with their Alexa virtual assistant enabled devices for some time and now the company has revealed how many Alexa enabled devices have been sold. But most importantly, the company now has some serious bragging rights to back up its CES domination: Google Assistant is now on 1 billion devices, according to the company. This is not the built-in voice assistant you might have been expecting. What this means is that Assistant- and Alexa-enabled devices will be able act as remote controls for the TV and as streaming devices, among other (rather limited) functions.

Google runs a similar course with the competition Software Assistant. Anyone that buys an Echo or Google Home speaker is definitely using the service, but I'm sure there are tons of people with Android phones who don't have the Assistant set up. It's very likely that many users are using the Google Assistant, indeed Google notes that the number of active users has quadrupled over the past year.

Google also provided a set of numbers where it is considerably lagging Alexa: the number of different smart home devices it supports. Amazon still has nearly three times the smart home support of Google, as it recently announced 28,000 Alexa-compatible smart home devices from 4,500 different manufacturers. The full interview is worth a read too, for Limp's even-handed views on the competition in the voice-assistant market: with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri among the techs jostling for usage.

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