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Tech & Science Google used CES 2019 to show off just how big its Assistant is

16:33  11 january  2019
16:33  11 january  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Google Assistant will soon be listening on one billion devices

Google Assistant will soon be listening on one billion devices Google has some news to go alongside its giant pavilion that dominates the lot outside the main halls of CES 2019. The company expects that, by the end of this month, its Google Assistant will be... assisting on one billion devices, across Android phones, iPhones, TVs, headphones, watches, smart speakers and smart displays. And the other weirder things. So, in the voice assistant stakes, how does this compare to Amazon? Well the retailer recently cheered that it has sold 100 million Alexa-connected devices across the world.

The literally massive Google Playground dovetailed nicely with Google 's news here at CES 2019 . The company will hit 1 billion active Assistant devices by the end of the month, up from 400 million the year before. There's no doubt Google has incredible momentum behind it, but as for this year's news?

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Google used CES 2019 to show off just how big its Assistant is

Google made a huge splash at CES 2018, taking over the parking lot with a giant interactive booth. This year, the company was back, and everything was bigger. I mean, the entire second floor of the booth was a Google Assistant Ride, basically the company's version of Disney's iconic "It's a Small World" ride. But, you know, as a marketing stunt rather than inspirational experience.

The literally massive Google Playground dovetailed nicely with Google's news here at CES 2019. The company will hit 1 billion active Assistant devices by the end of the month, up from 400 million the year before. There's no doubt Google has incredible momentum behind it, but as for this year's news? Well, it was a little more modest. Google rolled out a nice new Interpreter tool, added the Assistant into Google Maps navigation, revealed a slew of new hardware partners, and showed off some clever new third-party Assistanthardware.

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But what's perhaps most important is that even without a huge new feature or hardware device to show off, Google is broadcasting to everyone that it'll be at CES for years to come, getting the Assistant on as many devices as possible and slugging it out with Amazon for voice-activated dominance.

Lenovo crammed Google Assistant smarts into this adorable alarm clock.
Lenovo's new Smart Clock is a compact smart display with a 4-inch touchscreen and fabric cover, and it's designed to live on your nightstand. As you’d expect, you can use your voice or the screen to set alarms, play relaxing sounds or music to help you fall asleep, have it control connected gadgets like your lights and coffee maker, and see what time it is. It also packs a mute switch to turn off the mic, and there’s a USB port you can use to charge other devices, like your phone. With that feature set and a single 6W speaker, it’s essentially a good alternative to a Google Home speaker, which doesn’t have a screen.

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