Tag: smart speakers

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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.
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Cheaper smart-speakers are selling strongly in the US

The latest research from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) on the US smart-speaker market is making headlines for its views on Apple’s HomePod – but we think it highlights a bigger trend. “Across the...
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Report claims eight new Amazon Alexa devices to launch before Christmas

2018 has seen an explosion in new devices NOT made by Amazon or Google, but which use those companies' voice assistants - Alexa and Google Assistant respectively.
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Sonos quarterly revenues are down by 6.6% year-on-year

Sonos published its latest quarterly financial results overnight, for its fiscal Q3 (the second quarter of 2018, calendar-wise). They’re a mixed bag. The company’s revenues actually fell by 6.6% year-on-year, to $208.4m....
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48% of Americans predicted to own smart speakers by Christmas

We’ve seen some bold predictions about smart-speaker sales in the rest of 2018: in July, research firm Canalys claimed that there would be 100m of these devices in use globally by the end of the year. Now a study published...
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Alexa now answers questions about upcoming music concerts

Amazon’s latest feature for its Alexa voice assistant focuses on live music. Alexa can now answer questions about upcoming concerts and music venues, globally.
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Amazon’s Alexa is now available on more than 20k devices

If you’re thinking about the future of smart speakers and voice assistants, it’s not just about the devices from the companies that make those assistants.
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Sony and Marshall reveal their new smart speakers

Smart speakers are no longer just about Amazon Echo vs Google Home vs Apple HomePod. Partly because Chinese manufacturers are now fully at the party, but also because other kinds of audio-hardware firms are rolling out their...
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Bose unveils its new Alexa-powered smart speaker

Bose is one of the audio-hardware firms that has been most disrupted by the emergence of smart speakers: it had a big share in the Bluetooth speakers market as it was, but hasn’t offered competition for Amazon’s Echo,...
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China is fastest-growing smart-speaker market says Canalys

Amid a flurry of reports on the growth of the smart-speaker market, research firm Canalys has offered a different angle: it says that China is now the fastest-growing market for these devices. “Despite strong growth...