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When hosting its annual I/O event past year, a Google spokesperson said that Assistant was installed on 500 million devices, including smart speakers, smartphones, smart TVs, smartwatches and other smart devices. That extends functionality from Google's Pixel phones to the larger Android ecosystem, a Google rep told me, with any Android device capable of running Assistant being able to take advantage of the new feature.

While Google has been busy perfecting its own assistant to sustain in the market, Samsung is trying to drive the market towards Bixby. After all, the younger, trendier Google Assistant was also deemed smarter and more intuitive a number of times by different analysts of late. Instead, they are focusing on the continued expansion of their partnerships with manufacturers to create new and more capable smart home devices powered by the Assistant. The company is deploying Amazon's Alexa Everywhere strategy from 2017.

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All this said it should be noted that it appears that more advanced voice commands and things like web and image searches will still default to using Bixby.

The Google Assistant launched in 2016 on the Google Pixel phone and since then has spread to a ton of devices.

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Meanwhile, for all your bedside requests, Google also showed off Lenovo's new Smart Clock which puts all of the Assistant's features in a handy $80 (£63) companion (UK pricing and availability TBA).

This news has been shared the week before CES, putting pressure on rivals Google Assistant which has gained a lot of popularity in 2018. It's inevitable that at least a few of the people who receive or purchase such a device will grow attached to Assistant, and use it on a regular basis. Google Assistant now works with over 10,000 smart home devices. LG is also combining both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart controls into its 2019 range of ThinQ TVs.

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