In the blog post, the company claims that it sold "more than one ... every second since Google Home Mini started shipping in October". They have been selling like insane and no one really knew at what rate until Google just let us know. Going by this, Google sold over 6.5 million Google Home devices. Home Max was launched in mid-December at $399 -- so it's clear that it makes up a small portion f those million of sales.
Amazon and Google are expected to remain in the lead with their Echo and Home products respectively, but will face increased competition as new vendors enter the race. The Google Assistant is now for smartphones running Android 5.0 Lollipop and above smartphones, iOS devices, and also for Android 7.0 Nougat tablet devices.
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Furthermore Google pointed out that they would be revealing more features and future of Google Assistant in 2018 at the CES 2018. This likely had something to do with why the Echo took so long to gain mass market appeal: While Amazon announced the device in 2014, it took more than two years for people to begin adopting it in earnest. Recently, Google added features such as Voice Match, Broadcast and Hands-Free Calling to the Google Assistant for Home devices.
A recent study from Juniper Research found that smart speakers such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and the Sonos One will be installed in over 70 million US households by 2022, reaching 55% of all homes. Though it's safe to say the the Home Mini is by far the most popular speaker for Google this holiday season. "Alexa's multiple smart home integrations, Google's partnership with Nest and Apple's HomeKit initiatives will continue to excite consumers of the smart speaker and fuel sales in 2018".