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

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Samsung Electronics' decision to include other AI platforms that rival Samsung's Bixby was interpreted as the company's acknowledgement of the limits faced by Bixby's English version in its global expansion, as it was being outperformed by Google Assistant and Alexa. For laptops, Google-built Chrome OS devices all have access to the Google Assistant, and it sounds like it's going to be a standard feature on all Chrome OS devices soon. In an interview with The Verge, Google shared some pretty important caveats to its newly released Google Assistant data it offered up today.

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The company expects Assistant to be available on one billion devices by the end of this month. While we may now know the number of devices sold with Alexa or Google Assistant, we do not know the number of active users. Its daily and monthly active user base has grown four times since this point previous year, according to Google. Obviously, there's also Google's line of smart speakers contributing to the overall figure as well, and Bronstein says the number of Google Home devices in the wild is on the rise. Of course, if you don't have a smart speaker, then the TVs already comes with the Bixby assistant built-in. You can freely download the Google Assistant app on iOS, which helps, but on Android the Assistant comes built into the main Google app. That simply implies a device is capable of using the Assistant, not that it is actively used on such a device. It's inevitable that at least a few of the people who receive or purchase such a device will grow attached to Assistant, and use it on a regular basis.

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But there's a caveat: You'll need your own Amazon Echo or Google Home device to power that voice control.

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Whilst Google Assistant and Apple's Siri may be on lots more devices, Alexa is way ahead in terms of their smart speakers, these are devices that people buy for the virtual assistant.

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