Tag: smart speakers
New Sonos app and operating system coming in June
Sonos is launching a new app in June, alongside new software for its speakers. Well, some of its speakers. The app and software is called ‘Sonos S2’, and it will be compatible with many existing Sonos devices...
March 18, 2020
‘Hey Spotify’ – streaming service’s work on voice tech continues
App-cracker Jane Manchun Wong has been poking around in Spotify’s innards again, and has uncovered more signs of the streaming service’s work on voice controls. It’s a toggle to enable a feature called ‘Hey Spotify’,...
March 6, 2020
Voice assistants may be bigger in cars than on smart speakers
Smart speakers may be a buzz topic for the music industry still, but a new study suggests that the use of voice assistants like Alexa and Siri in the car may be a bigger tech trend. In the US, at least: Voicebot and Cerence interviewed...
February 26, 2020
Apple could open HomePod and iOS up to third-party default apps
There are many reasons why Apple is one of the world’s most successful companies, and its ‘walled garden’ of hardware, software and services is one of them. However, it has also proved controversial when companies making...
February 21, 2020
Report: Smart speaker sales grew by 70% to 146.9m units in 2019
Strategy Analytics is the latest research firm to publish new estimates for the smart speakers market. It claims that global sales grew by 70% to 146.9m units in 2019, including 55.7m in the final quarter of the year. The...
February 14, 2020
Smart-speaker user growth is slowing in the US, says eMarketer
Some new smart-speaker predictions from research firm eMarketer are generating headlines mainly based on the claims about Amazon’s ongoing domination of the market in the US. We’ll get to those in a minute. We think...
February 11, 2020
Kids in 2020: meet ‘Generation Speak’
Research firm Kids Insights surveys more than 100,000 children every year about their technology and media habits, so its latest report – ‘Future Forecast’ – is well worth a look. “This generation of kids are...
February 4, 2020
New study suggests 60m Americans now own a smart speaker
NPR and Edison Research have published their latest ‘Smart Audio Report’, based on a telephone survey of 1,002 people in the US, focusing on smart speakers. The study claims that 24% of American adults – around 60...
January 24, 2020
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...
January 20, 2020
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...
January 13, 2020
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...
January 8, 2020
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...
January 7, 2020