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Smart speaker sales expected to soar in 2018

Smart speaker sales expected to soar in 2018

In the past year, "tens of millions" of "Google devices for the home" were sold, while it "sold more than one Google Home device every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October". Home Max was launched in mid-December at $399 -- so it's clear that it makes up a small portion f those million of sales. But while device profits may have been negligible, the information companies such as Amazon and Google will learn from our purchases and habits will more than recoup those losses-and it's something you'll likely forget about as you're indoctrinated into the Alexa way of life.

Back in November, we learned that for the first time in several years, Google would have an official presence at CES.

Following the turn of the year, Google announced that the Google Assistant is now available on over 400mn devices, both across its own product range and other Apple and Android devices.

"As we've added more features-like Voice Match, Broadcast and Hands-Free Calling-the Google Assistant have become even more helpful". The Google Assistant is now for smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above smartphones, iOS devices, and also for Android 7.0 Nougat tablet devices.

Smart speaker sales expected to soar in 2018
Smart speaker sales expected to soar in 2018

With smartphone features, many of these home devices extend the convenience of a virtual assistant. Also, users can remotely control smart devices.

Amazon and Google are now vying to produce the best smart speakers and assistants in the hopg of dominating the booming market. Though it's safe to say the the Home Mini is by far the most popular speaker for Google this holiday season.

When the Amazon Echo entered the market in 2015, it kicked off a new wave of demand for voice-activated smart speakers.





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