Does it feel like Alexa is nearly in every single place these days? That’s for good motive. Whereas different voice assistants are restricted primarily to smartphones or have a small variety of third-occasion gadgets they’re appropriate with, Amazon has been branching out its voice assistant in nearly every approach possible. In keeping with the corporate, Alexa now works with greater than 60,000 suitable house units from greater than 7,400 manufacturers. From publicly available information, that may make it mostly the most extensively accessible voice assistant available on the market. The data represents a substantial leap in availability for Alexa. Only one 12 months in the past, Amazon reported that the voice assistant was suitable with 12,000 gadgets.
Eight months in the past in September, Amazon stated Alexa had reached the milestone of 20,000 appropriate good residence merchandise. Throughout the final three-quarters of a yr, Amazon has managed to extend the variety of merchandise that helps Alexa by 200%. That info is extra helpful when placing within the context of Amazon’s rivals, that are lagging significantly at this level. Google is the closest factor to a competitor when it comes to its voice assistant, and it’s trailing by a large margin. In keeping with Google, the corporate’s Google Assistant helps 10,000 gadgets from greater than 1,000 common manufacturers as of October 2018. That quantity could be more significant now, although it additionally could also be shrinking within the close to future.
Throughout Google, I/O, the search big introduced a brand new privateness initiative that can outcome within the “Works with Nest” program that enables useful house gadgets to hook up with Nest merchandise turning into out of date. Some firms will work to replace their units and assist Google’s new “Works with Google Assistant” program, however, others might let their merchandise lapse and lose the power to combine into the Nest ecosystem. The ubiquity of Alexa perhaps shouldn’t come as a shock. Amazon has bragged about directly how broadly accessible the voice assistant has change into.
Earlier this yr, the corporate mentioned that greater than 100 million Alexa-powered units had been bought. After all, the amount isn’t all the pieces. In line with the latest survey, Google Assistant and Apple’s Siri nonetheless stay probably the most used voice assistants due to their availability on smartphones — someplace Amazon has struggled to penetrate with Alexa.