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The company has been working on improving the experience for users with the aim of enabling them to control all of the devices and appliances in their home with just voice commands. It has announced this morning that Assistant is now compatible with more than 5,000 smart home devices. "That includes cameras, dishwashers, doorbells, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, security systems, switches, vacuums, washers, fans, locks, sensors, heaters, AC units, air purifiers, refrigerators, ovens ... we can keep on going!"

That's impressive, but Google Assistant still trails Alexa from a compatibility perspective: By some estimates, Alexa is compatible with over 11,000 smart devices, more than double the count of Google Assistant.

The number of smart home devices that can work with Google Assistant is also expected to grow even further in the coming months.

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". Entertainment queries and commandsincreased more than 400 percent in the last six months.

We're also helping you control set top boxes and remotes with the Google Assistant.

Google appears to be trying to catch up with the smart home capabilities of Alexa on the Amazon Echo speakers.

All the Google Home integrations are wrapped up in the existing Explore page, so if you have smart stuff in your house and you'd prefer to control it with your voice rather than your smartphone, it's worth checking what's compatible.

In addition, Google Assistant supports smart door locks from August and Schlageand Panasonic's home security cameras.

To make Google Assistant better, the company has announced a new investment programme for early-stage startups to build an enhanced digital assistant ecosystem.


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