Tag: smart speakers
Report claims there are now 57.8m smart-speaker users in the US
Voice and AI trade-news site Voicebot has published its latest state-of-the-market report, covering the world of smart speakers and voice assistants. Its stats are based on a survey of just over 1,000 Americans, adjusted...
November 14, 2018
Facebook offers more detail on Portal’s privacy and ads
Facebook’s new screen-toting smart speaker, the Portal, went on sale this week, but given the various controversies around the social network this year, it’s no surprise that the device is generating a fair degree...
November 9, 2018
Spotify’s free tier is coming to connected speakers soon
Smart speakers like the Amazon Echo and Google Home ranges have a significant role to play in Spotify’s strategy. Witness its recent deal to give away a Google Home Mini to all its family-plan subscribers in the US, and...
November 7, 2018
Amazon Alexa gets artist notifications… and a Little Mix AAA skill
Spotify’s Release Radar and Apple Music’s New Music Mix are high in the minds of music marketers in 2018. They’re figuring out what ‘signals’ (for example: following an artist’s profile and saving their music...
November 5, 2018
Spotify and Google team up for smart-speaker giveaway in the US
Well, ‘giveaway’ may not be quite the right term here: it’s not a complete freebie as it requires a paying subscription. But new *and* existing Spotify Family plan subscribers in the US can now claim a Google Home...
November 1, 2018
Google Home Hub to compete with Echo Show and Facebook Portal
We’re going to have to find a new name that isn’t ‘smart speakers’ to cover devices that include a screen: answers on a postcard, please! Hot on the heels of Facebook Portal, Google unveiled its latest smart-home...
October 10, 2018
Facebook Portal smart speakers include Spotify, Pandora and iHeartRadio partnerships
Facebook has finally unveiled its first two smart speakers: the Portal and Portal+. Well, we say smart 'speakers' - like Amazon's Echo Show, these devices have screens built in too. Facebook's new devices are available...
October 8, 2018
Nielsen publishes its latest US research on smart speakers
2018 has seen a regular flow of surveys and studies showing the growth of smart-speaker ownership, particularly in the US, which remains the biggest market for these devices.
October 1, 2018
Alexa gets smarter as Amazon unveils a raft of new devices
Ha! Amazon saw your media speculation about eight new Alexa devices launching before Christmas, and raised you.
September 21, 2018
Facebook Portal smart speaker could be unveiled this month
Remember when Facebook was going to release its own smart speaker? Plans to debut the device earlier this year were reportedly put on hold, at the height of the furore around user privacy and data-scraping apps on its platform.
September 21, 2018
Google Home Mini was most popular smart speaker in Q2 2018
We reported earlier this week on figures suggesting that the cheaper tier of western smart speakers – Google Home Mini and Amazon Echo Dot – were an increasingly-important part of this market.
September 20, 2018