Google has today announced in an official blog post that its Google Assistant can now control more than 5,000 smart home devices up from 1,500 in January, supporting almost every major smart home device brand. These devices include smart lights, smart switches, thermostats, smart locks, security systems, doorbells, fans and much more.
According to Nick Fox, Google’s VP of product design for Google Assistant, the reason Google works with so many devices is so that when you walk through a store, “you can pick out any smart home device and you don’t have to worry about whether it’ll work or not”.
The company also highlighted a few new brands that will soon work with Google Assistant.
“Rolling out this month, DISH’s Hopper family of receivers will work with the Google Assistant, so people in millions of U.S. homes can operate their TV using their voice and a Google Assistant device. Just say “Hey Google, play ESPN on the Hopper” to your Google Assistant and your TV will automatically tune to the right channel. It’ll also be even easier to control home entertainment using Logitech Harmony hub-based remotes with the Google Assistant.”
Other upcoming partnerships include August, Schlage, Panasonic, Ikea, Hunter Douglas and Hisense, among others.
Google Assistant powers the Google Home much the same way Amazon’s Alexa powers the Amazon Echo, although Amazon still works with more smart home gadgets. An recent analysis estimated that Amazon Alexa worked with roughly 11,200 unique smart home devices in 2017.
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