Tag: smart speakers

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Sonos boss testifies on ‘market distortion’ of Google and Amazon

Sonos CEO Patrick Spence testified before the US House’s Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee on Friday (17 January) about the company’s complaints against Google and Amazon. You can read his full...
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Images of Spotify ‘Home Thing’ smart speaker may have leaked

In May 2019, Spotify revealed its first hardware: a voice-controlled speaker for use in cars, called ‘Car Thing’, which it would be testing in the US with a small group of listeners. “We might do similar voice-specific...
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Sonos sues Google alleging smart-speaker patent infringement

Is January a slow news month? Not if Sonos’ legal team has anything to do with it. The company is suing Google alleging infringement of five patents, and as the New York Times explained, is seeking financial damages but...
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Samsung to finally release its Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker

Smart speakers and voice assistants are one of the big draws for this year’s CES consumer-tech show in Las Vegas, which kicked off officially yesterday. Among the announcements from day one: news of Samsung’s Galaxy Home...
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Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019

This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
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Gaana now has 125m monthly active users – and a new voice-ads partnership

Gaana is the latest music-streaming service exploring the potential of interactive voice ads, following announcements earlier this year from Spotify and Pandora. The Indian service is working with the same partner as...
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Apple, Google and Amazon team up for new smart-home standard

We’re more used to big technology companies taking potshots at one another over privacy or finding ways to keep one another’s services off their own devices. But this being the season of goodwill, here’s a news story...
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Amazon launches a battery-powered portable Echo for India

Amazon has unveiled its latest Echo smart speaker with some interesting new features… but for now, it’s only for India. The device is called the Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Edition, and as you’ll have guessed,...
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Huawei teams up with Devialet for new smart-speaker in China

Controversial (in the west, at least) Chinese technology company Huawei is launching a new smart speaker, designed with French hardware firm Devialet. The device is called the Sound X, and will be sold in China for 1,999...
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Americans not entirely sold on smart-speaker personalisation

There are many studies on adoption of smart speakers and which companies are dominating the market – with research firm Canalys forecasting that more than 200m devices will be sold this year globally. However, other studies...
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Report claims Amazon has soared ahead in smart-speaker race

One of the more unexpected (at the time) stories in the history of smart speakers came in May 2018, when research firm Canalys claimed that Google had overtaken Amazon as the biggest shipper of these devices globally –...
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VCs explain what they’re looking for in voice-tech startups

Smart speakers and voice assistants are getting the music industry excited, but there’s a wider ecosystem of startups out there looking to do things with this technology: not just music, but podcasting, games, interactive...