Google Assistant is Now Compatible with Over 5000 Devices

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Following the earlier news that Google Assistant can now connect to and control over 5,000 smart home devices, the Assistant is also being vastly improved on Wear OS. The announcement is a bit of a surprise, as the company is readying for Google I/O, its biggest event of the year. There are over 1 million Actions that users can use on their smartwatches, which are powered by Google's Wear OS.

For example, if you ask for weather info, then aside from offering you that info, Assistant will also show you other, related info you may be interested in, like extended forecast.

Additionally, if you ask Assistant for information, you can have your watch speak the answers back to you. These are pre-populated responses you can tap on after asking a question to the Assistant, allowing you to easily get more contextual info. Once Google Assistant compatibility arrives for these devices, users will be able to control all of the devices through Google Assistant voice commands on their Android phones or Google Home speakers.

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.

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With I/O just a matter of days away, Google's gone on the offensive with Assistant. "In the future, Edwin's students will be able to practice speaking with Google Assistant".

In a blow to the companies eager to turn these new gadgets into a major shopping mode, just 39.2% of people said they used theirs to shop and only 28.2% said they used them to actually buy items.

The arms race between Google Assistant and Alexa seems to be entering a new phase, as both add new features and create incentives for developers to choose them over a competitor. We'll find out more about what else Wear OS by Google has in store at I/O next week.

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