Samsung Smart TVs in 2019 to Support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

Samsung Smart TVs in 2019 to Support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

Samsung Smart TVs in 2019 to Support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa

That's the all-too-rare actual number that Amazon's SVP of devices and services, Dave Limp, revealed to me earlier this week.

Thanks to a report from The Verge, we also have really recent numbers for Alexa. Amazon has announced that it has sold over 100 million devices with its Alexa smart assistant built-in.

What is Google Assistant? Alexa seems to occupy a more exclusive smart home presence than Google, which has managed to ship quite a few of its Google Home devices, especially the Google Home Mini.

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But there's a caveat: You'll need your own Amazon Echo or Google Home device to power that voice control.

The next Samsung televisions will enable voice control through your existing Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers. Anyone looking to make use of more of an on board voice assistant will still have to fall back on the use of Bixby. This app is part of the "Google Play" Android app bundle, so it's included in the box in pretty much every Android phone sold outside of China.

However, it's important to note that a not-insignificant chunk of those 1 billion devices includes Android smartphones that come with Google Assistant pre-installed.

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This year, at CES 2019, Google's physical presence at the show is three times bigger, and accompanies a similarly impossible-to-escape ad campaign. At least on that front, Google is the clear victor, with support for 30 languages in 80 countries, while Alexa now supports just five languages. After that slow initial rollout, Google continued to bring it to more and more third-party devices, including the iPhone in May 2017. That simply implies a device is capable of using the Assistant, not that it is actively used on such a device.

According to Engadget, Samsung TV owners will be able to power on/off their sets, change channels, turn the volume up/down, and even swap inputs by talking to their smart device. Amazon has done well with its two-year head start in the market.

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