Published: Mon, January 07, 2019
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Amazon Echo Sales Crosses 100 Million Mark In 2018

Amazon Echo Sales Crosses 100 Million Mark In 2018

The next Samsung televisions will enable voice control through your existing Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

Amazon has revealed a new figure for its Alexa voice-assistant: the company says that more than 100m devices with Alexa pre-installed have been sold. Recently, Amazon revealed that the number of people who use Alexa every day and who own more than one Echo device doubled in 2018. Google Assistant is Google's virtual assistant, available on Android and iOS mobile devices, as well as smart home devices like smart speakers and smart TVs.

In comparison to competing products, the lesser support is very much intentional as while Samsung does understand the need to provide buyers of its TVs with a greater degree of voice assistant support, the company is still planning to place its own solution at the heart of its products going forward. 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. Dave said that Amazon is still a big believer in multiple assistants and they won't ever restrict a hardware startup to just Alexa alone, which fairly leaves the market open for fair competition. The company did not distinguish further how many of these items were Amazon-built Echo devices and how many were designed by third-party OEMs.

No doubt, Amazon has taken over Google when it comes to the sales of smart speakers. That simply implies a device is capable of using the Assistant, not that it is actively used on such a device. For example, SmartThings, a smart home device from Samsung, one of Amazon's key competitors in the tech space, has the option to be enabled by Alexa.

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