Tag: voice assistants
Marshmello and Halsey offer up a Thought Of The Day on Alexa
We are seeing more artists embrace the possibilities of voice assistants, led by Amazon’s Alexa music + Alexa. Witness The 1975’s recent use of an Alexa skill to nudge fans towards their latest website. Amazon,...
May 28, 2020
Two new reports on smart speakers and voice assistants
More research firms have been putting out numbers on the market for smart speakers and voice assistants. Juniper Research claims that by 2024 the number of devices with voice assistants in use will “overtake the world’s...
April 29, 2020
Voice assistants struggle more with black people’s voices
Hundreds of millions of people are using voice assistants – whether through smart speakers, smartphones or other devices – but if those people are black, are they being poorly served? A new study from Stanford University...
March 25, 2020
Voice assistants may be bigger in cars than on smart speakers
Smart speakers may be a buzz topic for the music industry still, but a new study suggests that the use of voice assistants like Alexa and Siri in the car may be a bigger tech trend. In the US, at least: Voicebot and Cerence interviewed...
February 26, 2020
Music Ally Report 426: Trends of 2019
This year we’ve picked 42 (also the answer to life, the universe and everything as fans of Douglas Adams will know) of the trends and moments we found most significant in 2019. What are they? *takes deep breath* industry...
January 6, 2020
eMarketer says voice-assistant use is reaching ‘critical mass’
Hey Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, DuerOS and other voice assistants: how popular ARE you in 2019? Research firm eMarketer has published some new numbers for use of this technology in the US. “We estimate that 111.8 million...
August 19, 2019
Spotify reportedly in talks with Apple over Siri support
The Siri voice assistant is one of the points of contention in Spotify’s anticompetition complaint against Apple: “‘Siri, can you play that awesome Spotify playlist?’ Siri says no,” as Spotify’s ‘Time to Play...
August 14, 2019
Pandora rolls its voice assistant out to all mobile users
Pandora unveiled its own Alexa-style voice assistant in January this year, working with tech partner SoundHound to launch a ‘Hey Pandora’ voice-control feature in its mobile app. Six months later, the feature is now...
July 24, 2019
Report pitches ‘voice’ as the next big interface shift
If you’re looking for some new reading material around smart speakers and voice interfaces, try investment firm Mangrove Capital Partners’ new report ‘Voice: Welcoming the Next Generation of Disruptors’. “Importantly,...
July 22, 2019
Amazon reveals details on how it keeps Alexa data
In an exchange with US senator Chris Coons, Amazon has been explaining more about how it stores data on people’s interactions with its Alexa voice assistant. Coons had written to the company asking how long it stores recordings...
July 4, 2019
Facebook to launch new models of its Portal smart display
Facebook launched its first Portal smart speakers – or rather, smart displays, since they came with screens – in October 2018. The 10 and 15-inch screened devices went on sale first in the US, using Amazon’s Alexa...
June 11, 2019