Thanks to a report from The Verge, we also have really recent numbers for Alexa. But most importantly, the company now has some serious bragging rights to back up its CES domination: Google Assistant is now on 1 billion devices, according to the company. CNET is tracking all the Google Assistant and Alexa announcements out of CES 2019.
Amazon didn't reveal any other figures, but this is still enough to promote the epic rise of smart speakers, as well as smart homes in the current tech space. With a phone running Android Auto, you can have access to the Assistant from your car's infotainment screen. Many vendors are integrating with both digital assistants.
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"There is overwhelming satisfaction among consumers with voice-enabled smart speaker technology", said Robin Murdoch, managing director of Accenture's Global Software and Platforms industry practice.
Amazon still has nearly three times the smart home support of GoogleReally, though, the big contributor to Google's billion Assistant devices is Android phones. This is not the built-in voice assistant you might have been expecting. All things being equal, that would make Google Assistant's install base 10 times larger than Alexa's. However, it is unclear how many people use this feature on their smartphone. Google also stated that the number of active users of the assistant grew four times over the past year. In fact, Google says one out of every seven Google Home devices that were activated over the holidays was a Google Home Hub.
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. Faltering sales in China and questions about future iPhone shipments have bludgeoned Apple stock, sending it down about 6% to start the year.