Google Assistant now works with every major smart home device brand

04 May, 2018, 03:30 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Google Assistant now support 5,000 devices at home

Google has kicked off a new investment program to back early-stage startups building capabilities and devices using the tech giant's digital assistant, and a Seattle company is among the first batch of investments. But later this month, Google Assistant will also work with set top boxes and remotes, including Dish's Hopper line of receivers and Logitech's Harmony hub-based remotes.

Also new is the addition of Assistant Actions.

"Google Assistant combines a whole suite of advanced technologies into a robust platform well suited for practicing speaking", Edwin CEO Dmitry Stavisky wrote on Medium in announcing Google's investment. We recently announced support for IKEA lights and Deutsche Telekom's Magenta hub which enables dozens of devices to be controlled by Google Assistant. These devices include smart lights, smart switches, thermostats, smart locks, security systems, doorbells, fans and much more.

Lastly, Google is allowing Actions on Wear OS. Google Assistant has been available on Wear OS (formerly Android Wear) for a while, but today we have learned that it has received an update that helps you to get more done when using it on your smartwatch.

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So far, Amazon's Echo products hold the lead in smart speaker sales, with 71.9% of the market compared to 18.4% for Google, according to a March report by the industry news and analysis firm Voicebot.

It may be recalled that, last week, Google's parent company Alphabet Inc. has shared a result from its years of sizeable startup investing for the first time disclosing that its startup holdings are worth about $11 billion.

With Amazon's Alexa Fund, one of the participants claimed Amazon had cloned their product.

The program is starting things out with investments in four companies. Beyond voice replies, this includes the ability to show text on the display. Finally, there's Pulse Labs, a startup that tests voice interactions with users.

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