Wednesday, 20 March, 2019

Amazon confirms Alexa device sales numbers, and it’s a lot

Amazon confirms Alexa device sales numbers, and it’s a lot Magic mark: Amazon reveals for the first time, how many Alexa-devices are in circulation
Katie Ramirez | 07 January, 2019, 10:37

During the holiday season, sales of Amazon Echo Dot devices exceeded expectation and almost one million people signed up to receive invites to buy the Echo Auto- a dash-mounted Alexa-enabled device for any vehicle, Cnet reported.

Samsung is not including either third-party solution in its TVs, but instead will ensure they understand commands that are given by third-party devices that feature either of the third-party AI solutions. You can speak to Bixby with your Samsung TV remote control, but not the others. This is not the built-in voice assistant you might have been expecting.

You can control the volume of the TV, turn your TV on and off, switch inputs, or launch select apps via Google Assistant and Alexa.

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Samsung announced this development at CES 2019 although rumors had already been surfacing suggesting this change was about to happen.

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. This move allows Samsung to continue with that approach by providing some compatibility to those who want it. This year, Samsung has created a 219-inch The Wall display. The 75-inch panel supports 4K resolution, but no pricing details have been revealed by Samsung yet. Dave said that Amazon is still a big believer in multiple assistants and they won't ever restrict a hardware startup to just Alexa alone, which fairly leaves the market open for fair competition.

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