Tag: smart speakers

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UK comms regulator set to examine the smart speakers market

British communications and media regulator Ofcom is training its sights on the tech giants again, with a new market study.
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Sonos and Google’s legal battle gets a couple more lawsuits

It's more than two and a half years since Sonos first sued Google alleging patent infringement, but the legal battle shows no signs of cooling down.
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Spotify stops making Car Thing, its first hardware device

We reported on Spotify's financial results yesterday, but another piece of news has emerged since then.
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Sonos is preparing to launch its own voice assistant

Voice assistants have been at the heart of Sonos's arguments with Google and Amazon in recent years.
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Mr Bongo takes music from Brazil, Ghana and Mali to Yoto

Yoto is the children's speaker that launched via Kickstarter in 2017 as an effort to create a privacy-friendly alternative to smart speakers designed for adults.
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Amazon Music adds Pandora-style Spotlight artist voice messages

Voice is a big part of Amazon's music business thanks to its Echo speakers and Alexa assistant. Its latest promotional feature for musicians plays into that.
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Anghami steps up its voice efforts with latest Alexa skills

Anghami and Amazon Music could be future rivals in the Middle East and North Africa, if Amazon launches its streaming services in the region.
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Apple reportedly poaches back Syng co-founder for HomePod role

Bloomberg has reported that the company has hired Afrooz Family to "lead software efforts... aiming to turn the product into a bigger hit".
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Jooki unveils its new Spotify-connected speaker for children

Jooki is releasing a brand new speaker: Jooki Generation 2. It still uses the ‘ToyTouch’ technology as an interface, but with new features.
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Report: Google outshipped Amazon for US smart speakers in Q2

Omdia estimates Google shipped nearly 4.2m smart speakers in Q2 compared to Amazon’s 3.4m, which it pegs as 47.8% growth and 31.3% decline year-on-year.
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Amazon unveils a host of new features for Alexa voice assistant

Big things are afoot with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant: more than 50 new features unveiled yesterday at a conference for Alexa developers. There is a full roundup here on Amazon’s developer blog, but among...
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EC has concerns about smart speakers and voice assistants

Among various competition inquiries touching on the music industry, the European Commission’s investigation of consumer Internet of Things related products and services has been somewhat under the radar. It’s important...