Google Assistant Is Compatible With Over 5000 Smart Home Devices

04 May, 2018, 14:49 | Author: Chad Warren
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Google Home will have 18.0 million users in 2018, capturing 29.5% of the smart speaker audience, and that figure will grow to almost 33% by 2020. Today, Google is announcing a number of updates to make Google Assistant more full-featured, on their wearable platform.

Google also said it will help businesses promote their new products through its marketing channels, which could be one of the most helpful parts of the new programme, bearing in mind Google's massive reach.

Google announced new Google Assistant features for Wear OS today that bring it further in line with Assistant on phones.

Google says these features will be rolling out to all Wear OS watches over the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye out for them.

To begin with, smart suggestions - that you can access through a swipe-up menu - are nothing but contextually relevant suggestions that follow Assistant's answer to a query of yours.

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It's a bittersweet announcement, with Michele Turner, Director, Smart Home Ecosystem saying that this covers "all types of connected devices, and now every major device brand works with the Assistant in the U.S" - so we're still lacking some compatibility here outside the US. There are over 1 million Actions that users can use on their smartwatches, which are powered by Google's Wear OS.

Facebook is planning to launch a pair of smart voice controlled speakers soon that will directly compete with the likes of Apple's HomePod, Google's Home and Amazon's Echo. That is an impressive bump in support and proves the viability of the Assistant in the smart home market. You'll hear some helpful information, like your commute times and upcoming agenda, from your watch speaker or Bluetooth headphones.

We're also helping you control set top boxes and remotes with the Google Assistant.

The new functionalities are being rolled out incrementally, so you might not see them go live on your device just yet.

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