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Google’s Assistant will soon be available to 1 billion users

Google’s Assistant will soon be available to 1 billion users

Starting with the company's 2019 QLED models, Samsung television owners will be able to use their voice to control their television sets through Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, as well as Samsung's Bixby digital assistant.

In addition to news rendering and music listening, the Alexa-powered devices such as Echo Dot, Echo, Echo Spot and much more can be extended with the help of Alexa skills. The company said the number of smart devices that connect with Google Assistant increased more than 600 percent since previous year.

Google runs a similar course with the competition Software Assistant. All told, more than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold. However, it is unclear how many people use this feature on their smartphone.

"This is really showing that the Assistant is available across the devices that really matter to you", says Nick Fox, Google's head of product and design for Search and Assistant.

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This one billion includes Android smartphones that come with the assistant pre-installed, Google Home speakers and other smart devices that are Google Assistant enabled. Google will also be joining the ecosystem with products like Google Play, YouTube and Google Maps becoming compatible with Bixby. The company is deploying Amazon's Alexa Everywhere strategy from 2017.

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Samsung's next line of TVs, coming this year, will offer voice control through Amazon's Alexa and Google's Assistant. Google Assistant has a massive presence again, and has a ton of new products announced - with many more likely before the week is over. There are hundreds of millions of feature phones still being bought every single year. Now, Google can develop new Google Assistant voices in a shorter timeframe, and improve pitch, pace, and pauses for more human-like conversations.