Google Assistant Installed Base Is Reportedly 10x Larger Than Amazon Alexa

The company said the number of smart devices that connect with Google Assistant increased more than 600 percent since a year ago. This app is part of the "Google Play" Android app bundle, so it's included in the box in pretty much every Android phone sold outside of China. The Assistant already notifies you when your flight is ready to be checked into, and you can respond with, "Hey Google, check in to my flight". Google also stated that the number of active users of the assistant grew four times over the past year. Obviously, there's also Google's line of smart speakers contributing to the overall figure as well, and Bronstein says the number of Google Home devices in the wild is on the rise. You can ask the assistant to search for places along your route (like gas stations) or add a stop - all things that used to require some button pushing. The company is deploying Amazon's Alexa Everywhere strategy from 2017.

"Google Assistant handles the higher-order computing - knowing what's on the calendar, checking for updates, and so on", explains the company.

This year Google has added support for 22 new languages and 66 countries to the Assistant, making it now available in a total of 30 languages in 80 countries. According to the big G, Google Assistant will soon be on one billion devices around the world.

Google Assistant also received a global update for 2019: To date, Google Assistant is now available in almost 80 countries and 30 languages, up from 14 countries and eight languages past year.

Without providing specific numbers, Huffman said Google Home and Google Home Hub devices sold well throughout this past holiday season.

The report also predicts that 46 per cent of unit sales of smart displays in 2019 will have built-in support for Google Assistant while a further 40 per cent will support Amazon's Alexa platform.


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