Tag: smart speakers
Voice and video may fuel the next billion internet users
When we talk about online video and voice-activated devices, we often see them through the prism of western consumers: Echo buyers exploring the latest Alexa skills, and teenagers who communicate visually rather than textually. While...
August 8, 2017
Amazon gets frisky: ’Alexa, play baby-making music’
Whether the artists are ‘fake’ or not, we know all about the popularity of mood and context-based playlists on streaming services like Spotify. Now Amazon is taking that idea into the world of voice-controlled music with...
August 4, 2017
Facebook tipped to launch video-chat device and smart speaker
We’ve already covered rumours that Facebook is working on a smart speaker. Now Bloomberg has fleshed those out with claims that there are actually two devices potentially on the way from the social network. One is still...
August 2, 2017
Facebook tipped to launch its own smart speaker in 2018
Amazon and Google have their own smart speakers with Apple’s HomePod set to join them by the end of 2017, as well as devices for China from the various tech giants there. It was only a matter of time before rumours about...
July 26, 2017
Report claims Amazon now has 16m music subscribers globally
Amazon’s music-streaming services have often been underestimated, partly because of the company’s familiar reluctance to announce specific figures for their growth. Now research firm Midia Research is trying to fill...
July 17, 2017
Report claims next Amazon Echo will boost audio quality
Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has expanded the product family with the Dot, Tap and most recently with the screen-toting Echo Show. Now tech blog Engadget claims that Amazon is preparing for a proper refresh...
July 13, 2017
Amazon and Google launch smart-speaker flash sales
Don’t underestimate Amazon and Google’s determination to get their smart speakers – the Echo family and Google Home respectively – into as many homes as possible. Amazon has launched an aggressive sale for the...
July 11, 2017
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...
July 4, 2017
Alibaba tipped to launch a smart speaker this week
Chinese tech giant Alibaba is being tipped to be next in to the smart-speaker market, with a new device that could make its debut this week. That’s according to the Wall Street Journal, anyway. “The home device,...
July 3, 2017
Warner UK’s Emmy Lovell talks Firepit, bots and startup partnerships
Firepit Tech sounds like something you'd need to fend off monsters in a big-budget fantasy drama on Netflix. Thankfully, there are no dragons in Warner Music UK's version. There, Firepit Tech is the label group's in-house...
June 28, 2017
7digital teams up with SoundHound in voice AI partnership
The music industry’s excitement about voice-enabled devices like Amazon’s Echo family continues. But Alexa is far from the only smart assistant in town: alongside rivals like Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and...
June 28, 2017