Google Assistant now available across over 400mn devices

Gets the worm

Gets the worm

The Google Home Mini was introduced as a low-cost rival to compete with Amazon's Echo Dot, and it can be assumed that more Mini devices were sold than original Home devices due to the price point, although Google hasn't provided any sales figures.

Google's statement implies that from October 19 to January 5, it sold at least 6.73 million Home speakers.

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"Google Home usage increased 9X this holiday season over last year's, as you controlled more smart devices, asked more questions, listened to more music, and tried out all the new things you can do with your Assistant on Google Home", added Scott Huffman, Vice President, Engineering, Google Assistant. But while device profits may have been negligible, the information companies such as Amazon and Google will learn from our purchases and habits will more than recoup those losses-and it's something you'll likely forget about as you're indoctrinated into the Alexa way of life. The Home Max started shipping to consumers in December 2017, so it may not account for the sales.

Own a Google Home or Home Mini and want to find smart lights you can run with just your voice? These 400 million devices include phones and watches, as well as devices from partners and even the iPhone.

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However, we hope Google isn't randomly making the announcements ahead of CES.

Google in November rolled out an update that will allow you to use Home speakers as intercom systems in your house. The company today has taken wraps off its large booth and unsurprisingly it is mostly focused on the Google Assistant. Amazon pioneered the phenomenon in 2014 with its Echo speaker range, before Google followed suit two years later with Home.

Samsung Family Hub smart fridge adds BIxby and SmartThings control for 2018
A new Meal Planner gives families recipes based on what's in the fridge, favorite foods, and dietary restrictions. Samsung announced the plan to put its voice assistant into its TVs and Hub fridges past year .

With smartphone features, many of these home devices extend the convenience of a virtual assistant.

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