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Google Assistant to outgrow Alexa in smart speaker segment

Friday 6 January 2017 | 08:22 CET | News
Google's Assistant is set to overtake Amazon's Alexa and lead the smart speaker segment by the end of 2020, according to a report from IHS Markit. "Despite Amazon's strong first-mover advantage and momentum, Google Assistant will eventually benefit from scale," said the report, adding that its strength lies in search as well as deeper personalisation thanks to data from Gmail, Chrome, Maps and other Google services. The report estimates 2017 platform shipments of smart speakers at a conservative 4.1 million units for Alexa, and 1.5 million for Google Assistant, but the latter is expected to

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Categories: Internet
Companies: Amazon / Google
Countries: World
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Getting the Google Assistant on AndroidWear and AndroidTV was the best news of CES, IMO. We have had the Echo since it was launched and now also have the Google Home with the Assistant that is coming to AndroidTV. Basically the Echo you use commands where you talk to the Google Home naturally. The Echo will handle some fuzziness but fundamentally they are variations to commands instead of fundamentally understanding what you are saying. Love the Echo but the Google Home is in a totally different category. Last night wanted to listen to a song and I all I had was "hey google, play madonna song from penn movie" Live to Tell starts playing. You just can not do similar with the Echo. Amazon did add a command that is "alexa play that song that goes X. But rarely used it as one you had to say the command correctly but more I do not remember how "Live to Tell" goes. Just remember it was used in a move and Madonna sang it and Penn (did not remember his first name) was in the movie it was from. In the end I said it once and my song started playing. Did not look up a command or how to say or anything first. BTW, Google Home does have me shortening my english more and more. So for the song I would now say "madonna penn movie song". I believe because of the Google inference ability more and more we will use condensed English as the rest of the words are NOT necessary to get across the message.
Jack Smith @ 6/1/2017 - 12:06


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