Tag: smart speakers
Amazon planning ‘high-end Echo’? But it already has one…
There was a slightly puzzling report on Bloomberg last Friday claiming that Amazon “is developing a higher quality version of the Echo Speaker” that will be released by next year. “Prototypes of the cylindrical speaker...
July 15, 2019
Apple will launch its HomePod smart-speaker in Japan this summer
With the market for smart speakers currently driven mainly by lower-end devices from Google, Amazon and (in China) Xiaomi, Alibaba and Baidu, Apple’s HomePod has been somewhat on the fringes: not a flop, exactly, but more...
July 10, 2019
Baidu says its DuerOS voice assistant now has 400m users
Chinese technology firm Baidu has announced a new milestone for its DuerOS voice assistant – the company’s equivalent of Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. DuerOS now has 400 million users, which suggests that its user-base...
July 8, 2019
Amazon reveals details on how it keeps Alexa data
In an exchange with US senator Chris Coons, Amazon has been explaining more about how it stores data on people’s interactions with its Alexa voice assistant. Coons had written to the company asking how long it stores recordings...
July 4, 2019
Music still the top request for US smart-speaker owners, but…
NPR and Edison Research have published their latest ‘Smart Audio Report’exploring how American owners of smart speakers are using these devices. It includes a new figure for that ownership: “21% of Americans 18+ own...
June 26, 2019
Amazon revamps Echo Dot Kids speaker despite privacy concerns
Amazon has launched a new version of its Echo Dot Kids smart speaker, which was originally released in April 2018. The new version is louder and comes in new colours like ‘Frost Blue’ and ‘Rainbow’. The $70 device...
June 13, 2019
Facebook to launch new models of its Portal smart display
Facebook launched its first Portal smart speakers – or rather, smart displays, since they came with screens – in October 2018. The 10 and 15-inch screened devices went on sale first in the US, using Amazon’s Alexa...
June 11, 2019
What’s next for smart speakers? Metabait, Antitrust and ‘limitless’ discovery
According to research firm Strategy Analytics, 86.2m smart speakers were shipped in 2018, up from 32m the year before. Meanwhile, rival Canalys reckons that the global install-base will be 207.8m by the end of 2019. Oh, and...
June 4, 2019
China has now overtaken the US for smart-speaker shipments
More than 5m smart speakers were shipped in the US during the first quarter of 2019, which represents around 22% year-on-year growth, according to research firm Canalys. But wait: the US is no longer the biggest market for...
May 21, 2019
Spotify Car Thing hardware streams music and podcasts to drivers
Spotify has unveiled its first hardware: a voice-controlled speaker for cars that will stream music and podcasts. However, ‘Car Thing’ isn’t a commercial product… yet. Instead, the speaker is being used for a test...
May 17, 2019
BBC plans Alexa rival
“Auntie – what’s the weather going to be like today?” This is not some reference to Mary Poppins or Paddington but rather to the fact that the BBC is reportedly working on a voice assistant rival to Alexa and Siri....
May 7, 2019
Study claims Spotify app ‘lags rivals’ for voice controls
Music Ally has written a lot about voice assistants and smart speakers over the past couple of years, but not quite as much about the use of voice controls within the smartphone apps of music-streaming services. Voice-focused...
April 23, 2019