Tag: smart speakers

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Amazon still leads in smart speakers; but Google is really snapping at its heels

It’s not going to surprise anyone that in the latest totting up of smart speaker shipments Amazon’s Echo is leading the pack. The latest numbers come from Strategy Analytics, looking at the smart speaker market globally...
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Blockchain smart-speaker Volareo teams up with startup Emanate

Volareo is the blockchain-powered smart speaker that will (so its makers promise) let listeners clap to donate to artists as they listen to them. It’s due to launch a pre-order campaign on Indiegogo soon, and ahead of that...
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What does the Samsung Galaxy Home really mean for Spotify?

Last night, we reported on Samsung and Spotify’s new partnership, which will make the latter the ‘go-to’ music-streaming service on a range of Samsung’s devices, as well as for its Bixby voice-assistant. We also...
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Baidu says its DuerOS voice assistant is on 100m devices

For all the focus on Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri, it’s been clear this year that voice assistants developed by Chinese technology companies are going to play a big role in the future of smart speakers – and indeed,...
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Report claims Amazon has sold around 50m Alexa-powered devices

There’s an interesting stat in the latest article by tech site The Information, although we have rather given it away in the headline. “Amazon has sold about 50 million Alexa devices,” it claims, based on information...
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Smart speaker sales, forecasts and market share: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and more

The music industry is intensely interested in the growth of the market for smart speaker devices: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod and other speakers controlled via voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and...
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Amazon estimated to have 70% of US smart-speaker market

The latest analysis of the smart-speakers market comes from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), which reckons that the US install base of these devices is now 50m units. The company’s survey of 500 owners...
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Google Assistant tops VC firm’s voice-assistant ‘IQ’ test

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the smartest smart-speaker of them all? This is no fairytale: it’s a study by venture-capital firm Loup Ventures of the relative ‘IQs’ of the main voice assistants: Google Assistant,...
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Forget the ‘value gap’ – do smart speakers have an accent gap?

Okay, don’t forget the debate around the ‘value gap’ as it’s important. But it’s not the only gap that the digital-music ecosystem has to think about in 2018. An investigation by the Washington Post has identified...
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Report claims that 43m Americans now own a smart speaker

NPR and Edison Research have published the latest version of their Smart Audio Report, which tracks smart-speaker ownership and usage in the US. The key headline: “18% of Americans 18+ own a smart speaker, or around 43...
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Report: Amazon now accounts for 49.1% of US e-commerce market

Amazon is about to fire the starting trigger on its annual Prime Day of shopping deals, and research firm eMarketer has put out some new analysis of the company’s place in the US online-retail sector to accompany it. Its...
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Deezer expands HiFi tier’s availability on Google Home

Thus far, the music aspects for smart speakers have focused on voice-control features, rather than the quality of the audio. Deezer is hoping to drum up more subscribers for its ‘high-fidelity’ Deezer HiFi tier from owners...