Samsung Smart TVs in 2019 to Support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

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The announcement came at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Some of the bigger highlights today was seeing Google Assistant virtually everywhere, and by contrast, we saw very little news regarding Amazon Alexa.

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Thanks to a report from The Verge, we also have really recent numbers for Alexa. In that regard, Google's aptly-named Assistant AI is doing particularly well. We have seen the types of devices that Google Assistant is installed on increase a lot as well, seeing more Google Assistant headphones, smart displays, more speakers, soundbars, home appliances and more. With a phone running Android Auto, you can have access to the Assistant from your car's infotainment screen. It is unusual, but true; voice-assistant speakers are actually taking over as smart devices. In the same time frame Google Assistant served up over 16 million recipes.

AI advancements helped improve Google Assistant's voice capabilities. This app is part of the "Google Play" Android app bundle, so it's included in the box in pretty much every Android phone sold outside of China.

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Scott Huffman, vice president, engineering at Google Assistant, attributed the achievement to his team's focus on adding new features and functions, along with Assistant's expansion around the world. It's obviously unclear exactly how many active users Google Assistant had in the past, so it is hard to understand the exact degree of growth here.

This mind-blowing figure is far ahead of the number of smartphones with Siri or Google Assistant preinstalled. After that slow initial rollout, Google continued to bring it to more and more third-party devices, including the iPhone in May 2017. This had been sold out for weeks, said devices in-chief Dave Limp, the technology blog "The Verge".

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Available on just 500 million devices in May of 2018 Google Assistant saw growth of close to 400% in the following seven months and is expected to reach 1 billion devices by the end of January. In a way, Samsung is catching up with competitors' TVs (like LG and Sony) that already offer Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Amazon has done well with its two-year head start in the market.