Google Assistant now works with 5000 devices, will add even more soon

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Millions of people control their home entertainment components using Google Assistant and Android TV with their smart TVs to watch television and listento music.

Days ahead of its I/O developer conference, Google has provided an update about how far Assistant has come since debuting two years ago.

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".

It's a bittersweet announcement, with Michele Turner, Director, Smart Home Ecosystem saying that this covers "all types of connected devices, and now every major device brand works with the Assistant in the U.S" - so we're still lacking some compatibility here outside the US. Google said it is working with television manufacturers to build Google Assistant into the next generation of TVs launching later this year. The new, simplified voice commands will let you go directly to your favorite channels, control volume, or pause a show.

Fighting back from the perception that Amazon Alexa has already won this market, Google announced today that its Google Assistant is now compatible with over 5,000 smart devices, up 1,500 from January.

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When the Assistant controls a Nest Hello doorbell, you can configure the connection to send a chime alert to your smart speaker or phone.

Just how many devices is that? The devices that it supports include security systems, dryers, lights, plugs, thermostats, fans, locks, sensors, doorbells, cameras, refrigerators, and many more.

Google recently announced support for IKEA lights and Deutsche Telekom's Magenta hub which enables dozens of devices to be controlled by Google Assistant.

Google Assistant is also compatible with over one million "actions", which are things that it can do.