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Google Home smart speakers are now available in India

India is clearly the next battleground for smart speakers. Shortly after Amazon launched its Alexa-powered Echo devices there, Google has followed suit with its Google Home and Google Home Mini. The speakers are being...
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Smart speakers’ impact on music: ‘I don’t think it can be overhyped…’

More than 26m smart speakers were shipped globally in 2017 according to research firm Futuresource, with the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges proving popular devices. That was the spur for an event hosted by British...
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Survey claims early satisfaction with smart speakers is high

89% of Americans who’ve bought a smart speaker so far are satisfied with their device, according to a new survey published by investment firm Loup Ventures. “A closer look at the results reveals the reason for this...
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Consumer Reports publishes initial HomePod comparison tests

The initial wave of reviews in the press about Apple’s HomePod smart speaker have been very positive about its hardware – specifically its audio quality. Now Consumer Reports has published some ‘early results’ of...
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NPR / Edison: One in six Americans now own a smart speaker

January has already seen a flurry of new research into smart speakers, timed to coincide with the CES show in Las Vegas. The latest example comes from NPR and Edison Research, who surveyed 1,816 Americans in November and...
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Google Assistant finds its way into a raft of new devices

The CES technology show is underway in Las Vegas, including a blizzard of new-product and partnership announcements. As we predicted, Alexa vs Google Assistant is one of the show’s big themes, with Google setting out...
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Google is selling more than one smart speaker every second

We’ve seen plenty of analyst estimates for the amount of Echo speakers being sold by Amazon, but what about their biggest rival, the Google Home family? Google has announced a stat – albeit one that requires a calculator...
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2018 is a happy new year for Amazon and smart speakers

With Apple’s HomePod delayed to 2018, Amazon’s Echo range enjoyed a merry Christmas in 2017 “with tens of millions of Alexa-enabled devices sold worldwide”. That’s according to its year-end press release, with...
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Smart speakers to fuel ‘tenfold’ increase in smart-home devices

Research firm Forrester’s latest prediction for the smart-devices market focuses on the US alone, we should say. “Smart home devices are expected to grow tenfold between 2017 and 2022,” claimed the company in its latest...
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Google Home Mini and Max fire up the smart-speakers market

Google held a high-profile press launch last night, with its new Pixel 2 smartphones taking top billing. Yet we’re more interested in the evolution of the company’s smart-speaker strategy, with two new models – the...
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Deezer gets first smart-speaker integration with Google Home

When Music Ally sat down with a series of Deezer executives at the company’s media day last December, smart speakers like Amazon’s Echo were high on their priority lists, with the realisation that rivals were ahead of...
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Amazon Alexa now has more than 15k skills available

Earlier this year, Amazon said that there were now more than 10,000 ’skills’ available for its Alexa voice assistant – its equivalent of apps for smartphones. Now that figure appears to have swelled to more than...