Google Assistant Now Available on nearly a Billion Devices

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Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa is really about queries at scale. And with Google continuing to bring Assistant to new types of devices, that's unlikely to slow down anytime soon.

"In 2018, the Google Assistant learned to speak new languages ... expanded to new regions (Netherlands, Indonesia and Turkey), and became smarter with new features that can help you throughout your day", Huffman notes in a new blog post.

LG Senior Director of Home Entertainment Marketing Tim Alessi discusses Google Assistant at the LG press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas Nevada on January 7, 2019.

Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) expects its Google Assistant to be on 1B devices (including Android phones and smart speakers) by the end of the month.

Amazon has revealed a new figure for its Alexa voice-assistant: the company says that more than 100m devices with Alexa pre-installed have been sold.

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In the past 12 months Google Assistant has expanded to 30 languages in 80 countries, up from eight languages and 14 countries previous year. That simply implies a device is capable of using the Assistant, not that it is actively used on such a device.

The digital assistant war goes well beyond consumer devices, smart home and office and smartphones.

Google also provided a set of numbers where it is considerably lagging Alexa: the number of different smart home devices it supports.

There are plenty of Alexa devices in the market along with few Google assistant supported devices and they have to be connected to the TVs. Faltering sales in China and questions about future iPhone shipments have bludgeoned Apple stock, sending it down about 6% to start the year.

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