Amazon finally answers how many Alexa devices have been sold

Magic mark: Amazon reveals for the first time, how many Alexa-devices are in circulation

Amazon has announced that it has sold over 100 million devices with its Alexa smart assistant built-in. Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa is really about queries at scale.

Amazon has been ahead of rivals like Apple and Google with their Alexa virtual assistant enabled devices for some time and now the company has revealed how many Alexa enabled devices have been sold. But even so, Google's two-year-old assistant would appear to have some impressive momentum on its side. Still, all of this shows how far Google's digital assistant has come in a short time.

It wasn't long ago that the Google Assistant was a Pixel-exclusive feature.

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.

Now, that number is rapidly approaching one billion devices, all of which will have Assistant (in some form) by the end of January.

Google is pushing Google Home devices ranging from Home Hub to smart displays. The company is deploying Amazon's Alexa Everywhere strategy from 2017.

Announced at CES on Monday, Google said the increase would represent almost 100% growth since May of a year ago, when its Assistant was installed on about 500 million gadgets. Google Assistant vice president Manuel Bronstein, though, told The Verge what's behind that massive expansion, and it's exactly what you think. Were it not for those Android phones and tablets, the number of devices compatible with Google Assistant would be much lower. There are hundreds of millions of feature phones still being bought every single year.

However, he has no illusions that the voice assistant market is one that is going to become more and more competitive over coming years.

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