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Google Assistant now available across over 400mn devices

09 January 2018, 02:12 | Megan Pierce

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Google's statement implies that from October 19 to January 5, it sold at least 6.73 million Home speakers. Google also reported the Home usage increased by 9 times during the holiday season, maybe from everyone at home trying to show their friends their new toy. It was up for sale at just $29 during sale days in early December. This also saw the tech giant introduced its Assistant AI to more than 400m devices, including Google Home, Android phones and tablets, iPhones, headphones, TVs, watches, and more. That's not a small number by any means. However, it did not reveal the sales figures for the individual devices. This likely had something to do with why the Echo took so long to gain mass market appeal: While Amazon announced the device in 2014, it took more than two years for people to begin adopting it in earnest.

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Apart from this, the Google Assistant for Home has some more features such as reminders, asking to play/pause music, etc.

In this smart play, Google doesn't say how those sales were split between the three Home speakers.



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