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Amazon Echo Sales Crosses 100 Million Mark In 2018

Amazon Echo Sales Crosses 100 Million Mark In 2018

Devices which can are Android phones running the supported Android versions in supported regions and languages, Chrome OS devices from Chrome 72 onwards, and smart speakers which we wager drive active users more than phones and laptops. The number was revealed in an interview by The Verge with Amazon's SVP of devices and services Dave Limp. There's a range of smart speakers like the Google Home line and third-party devices from JBL, Sony, Panasonic, LG, and more.

Samsung has announced that it is now going to bring support for its upcoming QLED 2019 TV lineup with Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant apart from Bixby. This is not the built-in voice assistant you might have been expecting.

When it comes to the 100 million number, that metric seems impressive for a platform that still seems to have so much room left to mature, but it also shows how aggressive the company has had to be to keep up with Google Assistant and Siri, which obviously have significant reach on Android and iOS, respectively. Google Assistant is also shipping on millions of Google Home speakers every quarter. All told, there are more than 150 products with Alexa built in and it's from these devices combined that we've got the current Alexa figure. It is unusual, but true; voice-assistant speakers are actually taking over as smart devices.




By saying, "Hey Alexa" or "OK Google", you'll be able to turn your TV on or off, change channels, and even swap input selections.

If Samsung does opt to provide a similar level of Alexa and Google Assistant support to older models, then this would arrive as a software update. For example, SmartThings, a smart home device from Samsung, one of Amazon's key competitors in the tech space, has the option to be enabled by Alexa.