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Sales of the Echo Dot were better than expected during the holidays Amazon says.                  Ben Fox Rubin  CNET

The voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant service was first launched in November 2014 and has since been developed so that other companies' devices and services are able to connect to it.

Amazon has revealed that it has sold over 100 million devices with Alexa built in.

Google Assistant is expected to be on one billion devices by the end of January.

Alexa-enabled devices enjoy the advantage over other companies which are still perfecting their smart speaker range where Amazon has been able to simply expand its lineup with tailor-made Alexa skills. Now, Google Assistant is crossing the one billion mark this month, which is about ten times the number of devices than Amazon Alexa has. The company apparently sold millions of Google Home devices over the holidays, with smart displays being the main standout. That's pretty impressive, but of course, Google has Android to thank for this achievement. You see, Google Assistant is on virtually everything, and that momentum isn't stopping anytime soon. If you make the mistake of buying a Wear OS device, you can get the Assistant on your watch, and it's even available on some Nest cameras. For what it's worth, Amazon doesn't provide an active user number either, and there are conceivably some devices (like Sonos speakers) that come with unwanted Alexa support that is never set up.

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Contextual knowledge from the LG ThinQ AI assistant will also intelligently weave the assistant's together, remembering previous commands so that you can talk in a more natural way to trigger previously or regularly used commands.

This mind-blowing figure is far ahead of the number of smartphones with Siri or Google Assistant preinstalled. But most importantly, the company now has some serious bragging rights to back up its CES domination: Google Assistant is now on 1 billion devices, according to the company. For example, Google Assistant is built in to nearly every Android device produced outside of China.

New Google Assistant features include natural conversation, multiple voice settings, and more smart home compatibility. We're going to start talking more about that at Mobile World Congress, but definitely, there's a massive opportunity for voice interaction and assistive technology in those markets as well.

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