Canalys is finally paying off.
According to Canalys, Google has taken the lead for the first time, shipping nearly 1 million more its devices in the first three months of 2018.
Google shipped 3.2 million Google Home and Google Home Minis during the first quarter, Canalys found. Amazon, by comparison, has 2.5 million echo devices, which include the full-size Echo, the Echo Dot, and the Echo Plus.
Total smart-speaker shipments reached 9 million units in the first quarter, according to Canalys.
Google and Amazon have been battling it out for years. Google unveiled the Home smart speaker in 2016, about a year after the original Amazon Echo has been widely available in the US. The Google Home Mini debuted in October 201
Until now, Amazon had always outsold Google. According to Canalys, Amazon had a significant lead on Google in four consecutive quarters.
Google and Amazon do not release exact sales figures for their devices. In January, Google said it has been the home of the echo dot in the millions.