Google Assistant is even on Google Maps now

by Linda Olson January 9, 2019, 1:43
Google Assistant is even on Google Maps now

He also highlighted that the Assistant now works in 30 languages and is available in 80 countries, with the number of global active users growing four times year over year.

Google has also worked to expand Assistant into other parts of the world.

According to Sonos, it is testing out Google Assistant integration into its One and Beam smart speakers in a beta program. These include Google Maps, Google Play Store, Gmail and YouTube, but it cannot be ruled out that in the future, others may arrive at this point. That's pretty impressive, but of course, Google has Android to thank for this achievement. As opposed to iPhones and Android devices which come with these assistant's built in by default.

Google coming onboard is the real surprising tidbit here, especially since supporting a rival assistant feels a bit counterintuitive if Google intends to remain as the top dog of voice interfaces. Plus, Google Assistant can interpret more complex requests, including questions like, "What's the weather like in Austin and NY?" The company has always been pushing to make its digital assistant a central point of its product ecosystem, for one.

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What's unclear is whether the Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa race is really zero sum. "From day one, we've built the Assistant with one goal in mind: to help you get things done". It will also focus heavily on enabling partners to make more Alexa features this year, and to push hard on worldwide expansion to drive those adoption numbers even higher.

Nonetheless, a 900 million difference between Google's virtual assistant and Alexa, the second most popular virtual assistant, is a significant gap. Google is working to integrate similar e-commerce features into Assistant.

No matter how you look at it, it's going to be a good year for connected devices.

iTunes Movies and TV Shows will work seamlessly with Samsung's Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, the New Bixby and Search, in an effort to create a consistent experience across Samsung's platform.

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