Amazon reaches 100 million milestone with Alexa

Amazon reaches 100 million milestone with Alexa

The company's vision of encapsulating Alexa in anything with a circuit board was evident at its September hardware event where it announced more than a dozen new devices, including a clock, a microwave and some redesigns of existing products like the Echo.

Amazon SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, recently remarked that 100 million Alexa devices have been sold since Alexa's release in 2014. By the end of this month, its Alexa "killer" is expected to be available on one billion devices around the world, up from "only" 500 million last May. One of the most recent announcements from trusted sources reveals that Samsung Smart TVs in 2019 will offer support for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa along with Bixby support.

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Google runs a similar course with the competition Software Assistant. There are more than 150 products with Alexa built in, more than 28,000 smart home devices that work with Alexa made by more than 4,500 different manufacturers, and over 70,000 Alexa skills. In December 2017, Google also started rolling out Assistant to Android tablets and to phones running Android 5.0 Lollipop, a four-year-old operating system that still makes up 18% of Android device usage. Many vendors are integrating with both digital assistants.

This mind-blowing figure is far ahead of the number of smartphones with Siri or Google Assistant preinstalled. The company also showcased a smaller MicroLED panel at 75 inches, which would be a more practical and affordable setup for most homes.

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Google claims that it also became "smarter" thanks to advances in artificial intelligence that allows Google to create new voices in just a few weeks as well as increasing its ability for natural conversation.

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