Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
IT | By Jonathon Greene

Amazon finally answers how many Alexa devices have been sold

Amazon finally answers how many Alexa devices have been sold

When hosting its annual I/O event a year ago, a Google spokesperson said that Assistant was installed on 500 million devices, including smart speakers, smartphones, smart TVs, smartwatches and other smart devices.

Since no other Sonos speakers were designed with voice commands in mind, the speakers themselves won't technically work as Google Assistant devices.

Samsung also mentioned that its 2019 Smart TVs will be compatible with Google's AI speaker Google Home and Amazon's Echo. Do you already use one? Therefore, Google's virtual assistant may reach up to 10 times as many users as Amazon's.

Smart Assistant speakers are going to rule the market in coming days and the recent report of device sales gives a great indication towards it.

That's an astonishing growth rate, and one billion devices sure beats Alexa's 100 million tally. Adding to the list, Samsung today announced the support for Google Apps on Bixby, its virtual assistant. This number includes both Amazon devices and other products that ship with built-in Alexa.

The Mountain View, California-based company said the Assistant has learned to speak new languages and understand local cultures - it's now in almost 30 languages of 80 countries, up from eight languages and 14 countries past year.

Now, the company says it expects Assistant will be available on one billion devices by the end of January, up from 500 million in May 2018.

Google Assistant is now integrated with Google Maps, allow users to navigate to work, share an ETA with friends, search for locations along your route, add a new stop, and more-all with their voice. However, it is unclear how many people use this feature on their smartphone.

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

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