Google Assistant hits 1 billion devices as war against Alexa heats up

Samsung Smart TVs in 2019 to Support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

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There is however a catch - users will reportedly need to own a supporting smart device that's capable of taking voice inputs, like a Google Home or an Amazon Echo speaker.

More than 100 million devices with Amazon's Alexa assistant pre-installed have been sold, the company said Friday.

Amazon has finally revealed how many Alexa devices have been sold, handing out the figure before the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2019) kicked off in Vegas this week. Alexa seems to occupy a more exclusive smart home presence than Google, which has managed to ship quite a few of its Google Home devices, especially the Google Home Mini. Google also says that active users-both monthly and daily-have quadrupled over the past year, though the company won't say how many people are using Google Assistant regularly. You can freely download the Google Assistant app on iOS, which helps, but on Android the Assistant comes built into the main Google app. This is Samsung catching up to rivals that boast Alexa and Google Assistant functionality in an unusual way - remote voice commands will still be the domain of its homemade Bixby Assistant.

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It wasn't long ago that the Google Assistant was a Pixel-exclusive feature. It's also now compatible with over 10,000 smart home devices - a whopping 600-percent increase over the last year - while the number of active Assistant users has grown four times over the past year.

As well as Amazon's own line of Echo speakers, the number also includes the 150 third-party products that have Alexa built in such as the Sonos One speaker and the Bose QC35 II headphones amongst many others.

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