Tag: smart speakers
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...
February 7, 2019
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...
February 6, 2019
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...
January 21, 2019
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...
January 21, 2019
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...
January 17, 2019
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....
January 15, 2019
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,...
January 14, 2019
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...
January 10, 2019
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...
January 7, 2019
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...
January 7, 2019
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...
January 2, 2019
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...
December 20, 2018