Tag: google home
YouTube Music launches free, ad-supported tier for Google Home speakers
Reports earlier this week that Amazon was preparing to launch a free music-streaming tier for its Echo smart speakers sparked a drop in Spotify’s share price. So what effect will today’s news that YouTube Music is launching...
April 18, 2019
Report: Amazon outselling Google for smart speakers again
Research firm Canalys has published its latest figures on the smart-speakers market, focusing on shipments in the third quarter of 2018. It says they grew by 137% year-on-year to 19.7m units, which puts the market on track...
November 16, 2018
Spotify’s free tier is coming to connected speakers soon
Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges have a significant role to play in Spotify’s strategy. Witness its recent deal to give away a Google Home Mini to all its family-plan subscribers in the US, and...
November 7, 2018
Spotify and Google team up for smart-speaker giveaway in the US
Well, ‘giveaway’ may not be quite the right term here: it’s not a complete freebie as it requires a paying subscription. But new *and* existing Spotify Family plan subscribers in the US can now claim a Google Home...
November 1, 2018
Google Home Mini was most popular smart speaker in Q2 2018
We reported earlier this week on figures suggesting that the cheaper tier of western smart speakers – Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot – were an increasingly-important part of this market.
September 20, 2018
China is fastest-growing smart-speaker market says Canalys
Amid a flurry of reports on the growth of the smart-speaker market, research firm Canalys has offered a different angle: it says that China is now the fastest-growing market for these devices. “Despite strong growth...
August 20, 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
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
Forget the ‘value gap’ – do smart speakers have an accent gap?
Okay, don’t forget the debate around the ‘value gap’ as it’s important. But it’s not the only gap that the digital-music ecosystem has to think about in 2018. An investigation by the Washington Post has identified...
July 20, 2018
Deezer expands HiFi tier’s availability on Google Home
Thus far, the music aspects for smart speakers have focused on voice-control features, rather than the quality of the audio. Deezer is hoping to drum up more subscribers for its ‘high-fidelity’ Deezer HiFi tier from owners...
July 11, 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