The Google Assistant Will Soon Be Available on One Billion Devices

The Google Assistant Will Soon Be Available on One Billion Devices

The Google Assistant Will Soon Be Available on One Billion Devices

Google says it's looking to save users time by letting them do things more efficiently.

Google's also making changes to how Google Assistant handles messaging.

Showcasing its vision for the future, Google used CES to reveal a prototype E Ink display that projects the weather or your next calendar appointment onto a screen but very little else allowing users to see quick information at a glance. On Android, Assistant will work with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, Android Messages and others, though Google cautions that functionality will vary by service. In comparison, Android users can simply use their device's built-in Assistant.

In 2019, Google has already introduced Assistant integration with Google Maps, flight check-ins, hotel bookings, and greater language translation capabilities.

Google said the Assistant, which is part of a smart home, is now compatible with over 10,000 smart home devices from over 1,600 popular brands, and the number of the smart devices linked to the Google Assistant surged by six times over the past year.

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What's unclear is whether the Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa race is really zero sum.

According to Bronstein, the next billion devices will come in emerging markets, more specifically on feature phones.

In fact, Google Assistant vice president Manuel Bronstein concedes in an interview with The Verge that Android phones make up "the vast majority" of devices running the AI assistant. And for those that are heavily invested in the Google Assistant ecosystem, you'll soon be able to get into Sonos' popular multi-room audio system that has everyone raving. These TVs (with a few exceptions) all feature far-field microphones in the remotes, so that you can talk to the Google Assistant without needing to turn down the TV or your music in the room. We know there are more than 100 million Alexa users around the Globe and on contract, Samsung's Bixby powered galaxy Home speaker has not been shipped by the company yet and moreover, the digital assistant is limited only to Samsung's wearables, TVs, Smartphones and other appliances.

No matter how you look at it, it's going to be a good year for connected devices.

Samsung has managed to stay in the news from the last couple of days, thanks to the various tech announcements like new smart TVs, laptops, etc.

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