Have you ever paused to consider just how big Google is, and the number of different areas that they either dominate or compete in within the technology fields? IT’s a lot, far more that most companies, and the interesting side of all this is that most of us don’t even realize it.
Products that are household names include their search engine and Android which greatly influence our online activities, and moved most of us away from desktops and on to mobile devices. Also consider that it’s Google’s development of voice recognition that has really opened up that market with voice-based assistants.
A recent survey showed that nearly 70 percent reported using the search engine Google on a daily basis. If you factor in those who use Google at least once a week, the number jumps to nearly 95 percent, and that’s just those using the search engine. Now consider the numbers who use Google indirectly with Google Maps, the Chrome web browser, and Gmail.
For now, though, one new way Google might be in your life more is via the Assistant and the Google Home lineup of smart speakers. According to new data, Google has topped Amazon for the first time globally when it comes to smart speaker shipments. It shipped 3.2 million Google Home and Home Mini devices, while Amazon shipped 2.5 million Echo devices during the first quarter.
Google’s rise can be attributed to its expansion into markets like India, where it has partnered with several significant service providers.
And as we talk about voice activated assistants, and using their search engine, lest we forget about the Android operating system and the hundreds of millions of smartphones that are in use around the world.
It’s hard to believe that just 20-years ago Microsoft totally dominated the global technology market.
Reporting for Computer Insider, I’m Bob Pritchard