Amazon still leads in smart speakers; but Google is really snapping at its heels
It’s not going to surprise anyone that in the latest totting up of smart speaker shipments Amazon’s Echo is leading the pack. The latest numbers come from Strategy Analytics, looking at the smart speaker market globally...
August 16, 2018
Verizon bundle will offer six months of Apple Music
Fresh from reportedly overhauling Spotify for paid subscribers in the US, Apple Music is looking to capitalise on its advantage with a new telco deal. The telco in question is Verizon, which from 16 August will be offering...
August 9, 2018
Apple Music adds ‘Friends Mix’ personalised playlist
Spotify used to have a ‘Friends’ Top 50’ chart listing the top songs that a listener’s friends had been playing, although at some point it was quietly removed from the service. Now Apple Music is bringing the idea...
August 8, 2018
Now Apple and Stitcher remove Alex Jones’ Infowars podcasts
Spotify removed some individual episodes of podcasts by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones last week, but now some other popular podcast platforms have followed suit. Apple has removed the entire libraries of five podcasts...
August 6, 2018
Smart speaker sales, forecasts and market share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more
The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and...
August 6, 2018
Amazon estimated to have 70% of US smart-speaker market
The latest analysis of the smart-speakers market comes from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), which reckons that the US install base of these devices is now 50m units. The company’s survey of 500 owners...
August 3, 2018
Global smartphone shipments down as Huawei overtakes Apple
Apple’s quarterly financial results are always the trigger for a new round of figures on the global smartphone market, and such was the case yesterday. Research firms IDC and Strategy Analytics agree on the key trend:...
August 1, 2018
Tim Cook claims Apple Music leads in North America and Japan
Apple published its latest quarterly financial results last night, for the second quarter of 2018 (the company’s fiscal Q3). Big numbers ahoy: revenues up 17% year-on-year to $53.3bn and a net profit of $11.5bn. Apple...
August 1, 2018
Google Assistant tops VC firm’s voice-assistant ‘IQ’ test
Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the smartest smart-speaker of them all? This is no fairytale: it’s a study by venture-capital firm Loup Ventures of the relative ‘IQs’ of the main voice assistants: Google Assistant,...
July 26, 2018
Report: mobile app and game spending up 27.8% year-on-year
Research firm SensorTower has published its latest figures on the mobile apps and games industry, and they suggest strong growth even though we’re now a decade in to the modern apps era. “App Store and Google Play users...
July 17, 2018
100m smart speakers expected to be in use by end of 2018
Research firm Canalys has published the latest report predicting the growth of the smart-speakers market, and there’s a big, round number attached to it. “Canalys expects the smart speaker installed base will approach...
July 10, 2018
Apple says iOS in-app subscriptions are up 95% year-on-year
Apple is celebrating the 10th birthday of its App Store, with a blog post full of approving quotes from partners, and a smattering of stats. Among them, there are a couple of new figures relating to in-app subscriptions...
July 6, 2018