Google today announced adoption of Google Assistant has grown steadily throughout 2017. In fact, the announcement goes on to note how there is now “more than 400 million devices” running the Assistant. While that number seems quite high for what is still a new feature to many people, this number does include virtually every Android and Google-related device you can think of, including smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, Chromebooks, speakers, TVs, and even products that are less likely to be thought of as Assistant-enabled devices, such as headphones. In either case, surpassing the 400 million device mark does go to show how quickly Google Assistant is making its way into the lives of Android and Google-branded product owners.
Of course one of the most fundamental Assistant-enabled products is the company’s line of smart speakers which come powered by the Assistant. With Google Home Mini being the most affordable option available, it stands to reason that it will be one of the easiest ways for the number of active devices to grow further. Which seems to have been the case as in the same announcement Google confirmed that since the Google Home Mini started shipping, Google has effectively sold a Google Home product every second. While the company did not specifically note how many units have been shipped, Google did state that “tens of millions” of “Google devices for the home” have been sold during the last year.
In addition to announcing the growth of sales of Google Home and Assistant-related devices, Google also did take the opportunity to recap on a number of the new features that have been added to these devices during 2017, with Voice Match, Broadcast, and Hands-Free Calling, listed as some of them. As well as confirming how the Google Assistant is now compatible with over 225 different brands, resulting in a further compatibility with more than 1,500 smart home devices in total. Adding to that, this is not just a US thing either with Google also confirming that during 2017 Google Assistant has become capable of understanding in 8 different languages, and accessible in 12 different countries. All in all, while these figures highlight a decent level of growth throughout last year, 2018 is only likely to further increase those stats. A point Google finished up its latest announcement by stating how there are “more things in store for the Assistant” during this year’s CES show - which is due to take place next week.