Google virtual assistant set to be on one billion devices

Magic mark: Amazon reveals for the first time, how many Alexa-devices are in circulation

It said the number of active users of Google Assistant has grown four times over the past year, up from 500 million last May.

Showcasing its vision for the future, Google used CES to reveal a prototype E Ink display that projects the weather or your next calendar appointment onto a screen but very little else allowing users to see quick information at a glance. After all, Amazon and Google are not friends right now - and you don't need to look far to figure out why. Google Assistant is available on Android devices running Android 5.0 Lollipop and higher.

After Google introduced Continued Conversation for the Google Assistant last summer, Google Assistant can now understand and respond to users in a more natural tone. It will be scaling up that beta test in the coming weeks, however, as long as the test continues to go as planned, it shouldn't be much longer until Google Assistant is available on Sonos smart speakers. Both Alexa and Google Assistant will be able to Control volume, switch inputs, launch an application of the users choice or turn off or on the television.

Thanks to a report from The Verge, we also have really recent numbers for Alexa. It will also focus heavily on enabling partners to make more Alexa features this year, and to push hard on global expansion to drive those adoption numbers even higher.

It is also probable that Amazon has sold more smart home devices than Google. (And you may decide to get that capability disabled for security reasons.) Once you do, you'll be able to set alarms, schedule reminders, check your calendar and other tasks you previously had to unlock your phone to access. Since Google owns the Android operating system, many new Android devices come with Assistant already installed. Google is working to integrate similar e-commerce features into Assistant. For example, while you can beam Spotify music from an iPhone to Apple's HomePod speaker using AirPlay, you can't use Siri voice commands to control Spotify.

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