Tag: smart speakers

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Amazon’s Echo Sub and Smart Plug details leak ahead of launch

We reported earlier this week on the rumours of eight new Alexa-powered Amazon devices coming before the end of 2018, including a microwave oven, an amp, a receiver, a subwoofer and an in-car gadget.