Assistant Threatens Alexa in Smart Home

Assistant Threatens Alexa in Smart Home
Google Assistant now works with over 5,000 smart home devices.

(CCM) — Google has been ramping its Assistant's home automation capabilities in an effort to overtake Amazon's Alexa in the smart home market.

Today, Michele Turner, a Google smart home ecosystem director, announced that the Google Assistant can now connect with more than 5,000 different smart home devices, up from just 1,500 devices at the beginning of the year. These devices include cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, and ovens, Turner said.

In the coming month Google Assistant will be able to control TV sets through DISH's Hopper set top box and the Logitech Harmony remote. Other partnerships which will come in to effect in the coming months include ones with ADT, First Alert, Schlage, Panasonic, Ikea, Hunter Douglas, and Hisense.

But Google Assistant still has some way to go to catch up with Alexa. Blake Kozak, a market analyst for IHS Markit, estimates that Amazon’s Alexa worked with roughly 11,200 unique smart home devices in 2017. This number is unlikely to have decreased in the last six months, so Alexa is almost certainly the queen of the smart home for the moment.

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