It was only last year when Google announced its voice assistant was installed on 1 billion total devices. An impressive number for sure, but that number doesn’t mean much if people aren’t actually using it. Now, Google is announcing that the Google Assistant has over 500 million active monthly users.
500 million active monthly users is no small feat, especially considering the Google Assistant was available on 500 million devices in May 2018.
A 2017 poll concluded that over 65% of Android Authority readers used their phone’s voice assistant at least once a week. We can only assume that number has increased in the past two years, as Google Assistant — and voice assistants as a whole — have become even easier to use and more helpful in our daily lives.
In 2018, the Google Assistant was available on 500 million devices. Now that many people are using it on a monthly basis.
This year alone, the Google Assistant gained the ability to control Chrome on the Pixel 4, enabled people to apply for jobs, and gained Tasker-like functionality. It also received a major overhaul in October and gained new celebrity voice cameos like John Legend and Issa Rae.
The Assistant is available on most Android smartphones, iPhones, Chromebooks, headphones, Wear OS watches, as well as thousands and thousands of smart home products across a variety of categories. Earlier this year, Google rolled out the Assistant to the uber-popular Waze app and non-Google Chromebooks, too.
A few months ago, we found that most Android Authority readers primarily use the Google Assistant for controlling smart home products, asking general questions, and for playing music around the house. The Assistant is one of those products that gives you what you put into it — it excels at providing simple answers and helping with more casual functions, but you can use things like Google Assistant Routines to perform multiple actions at once as long as you have the time to set it up.
Personally, I couldn’t imagine going a day without using the Google Assistant. Do you use it on your phone or smart speaker? If so, what do you use it for? Let us know in the comments, and stay up to date with our other CES 2020 coverage below.