Tag: smart speakers

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Sonos share-price plunges after it reveals CFO to step down

It’s a compliment, of sorts, if your company’s share-price falls by 15% after you announce plans to step down. Although we doubt Mike Giannetto will be celebrating: he won’t quit as Sonos’ chief financial...
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There are 66m smart speakers in the US – and 70% are Echos

Research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has issued its latest estimates on the smart-speaker market in the US. It claims the number of speakers in use grew from 37m at the end of 2017 to 66m at the end...
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Smart-speaker startup Whyd pivots to focus on software

Music Ally first wrote about French startup Whyd back in 2012, when it was a discovery website for people to collect music from YouTube, SoundCloud and other sources in one place. By 2016, the company had pivoted to focus...
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Report claims Spotify will launch $100 in-car music player

Claims that Spotify’s first hardware will be an in-car speaker aren’t new. In fact, they first emerged last April, after some Spotify users spotted in-app ads for such a device, possibly with a built-in 4G connection...
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Report claims voice assistants are ‘bigger in the car’

When we write about voice assistants and smart speakers, we tend to assume that these trends are happening first in the home, and will then move to cars. Actually, a new study from Voicebot suggests that this may be muddled...
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Michael Bublé is the latest artist to get his own Alexa skill

Paloma Faith, then Little Mix, and now Michael Bublé. The Canadian crooner is the latest artist to get his own Alexa skill – a voice-controlled app for Echo smart speakers and other devices using Amazon’s virtual assistant....
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Apple HomePod will launch in China on 18 January

The next country launch for the Apple HomePod smart speaker is China – including Hong Kong – where the device will go on sale this Friday (18 January). It’s only the ninth market to get HomePod, following the US, UK,...
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More than 1m people have pre-ordered Amazon’s Echo Auto

One of the new gadgets announced by Amazon last September was the Echo Auto: a gadget that connects to an in-car entertainment system to add Alexa voice-assistant features. The device is shipping now, and according to Amazon...
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Consumer-tech body predicts $398bn of US tech sales in 2019

This week, it’s the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Get ready for a blizzard of new-gadget announcements, from TVs and speakers through to robots and smart toilets. The show’s organiser is industry body...
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Amazon has now sold more than 100m Alexa-capable devices

Amazon has revealed a new figure for its Alexa voice-assistant: the company says that more than 100m devices with Alexa pre-installed have been sold. The number was revealed in an interview by The Verge with Amazon’s...
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Amazon adds ‘tens of millions’ of new Prime members

Amazon enjoyed another successful Christmas period, although as usual the company’s specific figures are still tightly-wrapped and hidden behind the Christmas tree. “Customers purchased millions more Amazon devices this...
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Apple Music to launch for Amazon Echo speakers this month

From iTunes on PCs to Apple Music on Android smartphones, Apple has shown itself willing to take its digital-music platforms beyond its own devices. In the latter case, Apple Music has been installed more than 10m times on...