According to Google, "the Assistant speaks new languages and understands local cultures - it's now in almost 30 languages and 80 countries, up from eight languages and 14 countries previous year". Comparatively, Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is now available on just 100 million devices, the Seattle-based company had revealed recently. Google Assistant launched in 2016 on the Pixel phone and has since spread to smart speakers like the Google Home series in addition to third-party products from companies like Sony and Panasonic.
Analyst action: Pivotal Research upgrades Alphabet from Hold to Buy on its dominant position in advertising. However, with the increasing popularity of smart devices powered by Android, it is hard to know exactly how many users one billion devices translates to.
Sonos first announced that it was working with Google when it introduced the Sonos One speaker in late 2017. Additionally, Android users can use Assistant with SMS, WhatsApp, Messenger, Hangouts, Viber, Telegram, and Android Messages. Which is great for Apple but it doesn't really show us how popular Amazon's line of smart speakers is. Google says the Assistant will essentially handle all the "higher-order" computing, making it much easier for device manufacturers to make smart gadgets without needing to build all the headroom for actually implementing a full-on Assistant experience.
During media day yesterday, a number of new TVs were announced, and many have the Google Assistant built-in now.
We'll see your 100 million assistant devices and raise you 1 billion. At the office, Google Assistant will play well with G Suite. You can speak to Bixby with your Samsung TV remote control, however, not the others.
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