Tag: smart speakers

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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...
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Syng unveils Cell Alpha smart speaker and Syng Space app

Syng is the startup co-founded by Christopher Stringer, formerly a key member of Apple’s design team. We’ve been tracking its path towards launch since May 2020, including its hire of former UMG, Vevo and Magic Leap...
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Children’s speaker startup Yoto raises $17m funding round

It was only yesterday that we were writing about children’s speaker startup Yoto launching an exclusive set of music albums. Now it has some funding news too. The British company has raised a $17m funding round from investment...
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Yoto children’s speaker gets series of exclusive music albums

We covered British startup Yoto when it launched in 2017. Founded by former 7digital boss Ben Drury, it was a speaker for children, minus the privacy worries of smart speakers for grown-ups, but stocked with music, stories...