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Google now offers a wall mount for its smallest smart speaker

Helping you to "free up precious counter and tabletop surfaces," Google's new wall mount for the Google Home Mini smart speaker costs $15 and can be drilled or simply stuck to the wall. The post Google now offers a wall mount for its smallest smart speaker appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Trends, Smart Home, Wall Mount, Smart Speaker, Smart Speakers, Google Home Mini, Home Mini


Are Smart Speakers popular? Ask 39 million Americans

Since Amazon launched their Echo home speakers Smart Speakers have been taking over the world, and now there’s statistics to prove it. New shows that 1 in 6 adults in the US, which equates to roughly 39 million people, now own a Smart Speaker. Smart Speakers have actually grown so quickly that their growth is “outpacing the adoption rates of smartphones and tablets”. The so-called ‘Smart Audio Report’ showed that 16% of American’s own a voice-activated speaker and the majority of them own Am...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Home, Echo, Music, US, Tech, Smart, Report, Npr, Alexa, Digital Music News, Amazon Alexa, Edison Research, Smart Speakers, Amazon Echos


Smart speaker market intensifies with 40 million Americans now owning one

Nearly 40 million American adults now own a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home, new research suggests. And the majority seem to be taking to the device, too, with 65 percent saying they wouldn't want to give it up. The post Smart speaker market intensifies with 40 million Americans now owning one appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Smart Speaker, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Apple HomePod


39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, report claims

 One in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research – a figure that’s up 128 percent from January, 2017. Amazon’s Echo speakers are still in the lead, the report says, as 11 percent now own an Amazon Alexa device compared with 4 percent who own a Google Home product. Today, 16 percent of Americans own a smart… Read More
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Echo, Hardware, Tech, Npr, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Edison Research, Google Home, Smart Speakers


Next Up to Get Smart: Soundbars

Walk the show floors of CES in Las Vegas this week, and you’ll see a whole lot of smarts. Smart speakers, smart lights, smart washing machines. The latest product category to jump on that bandwagon are soundbars, with a promise to unite audio and video streaming in one single device. And thanks to new apps […]
Tags: News, Roku, Las Vegas, Smart Speakers, CES 2018, Voxtok


Smart speakers top AR, VR and wearables to become fastest-growing consumer tech

 Amazon and Google were willing to lose money on smart speaker sales over the holidays by discounting their hardware in order to gain market share. The reason? Smart speakers are now the fastest-growing consumer technology – faster than any other recent consumer technology, including AR, VR or wearables, according to a new report today from Canalys, which pegs smart speaker shipments to… Read More
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hardware, Tech, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers


Amazon’s Alexa app hits the top of the App Store for the first time

 Amazon’s claims that the Echo Dot was the retailer’s best-selling product all through this holiday season appear to be backed up by the rise of the Alexa app in the U.S. App Store. The companion app for Alexa-powered devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Spot, grabbed the number one spot for the first time ever on Apple’s App Store on Christmas, and still… Read More
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Startups, TC, Mobile, Echo, Apps, App-store, Alexa, Smart Speakers


Amazon reveals its biggest hit this holiday season, and it involves Alexa

Amazon has shown off some stats for the holiday season, and as usual it hasn't held back with the superlatives. Among the data we learn that one of its smart speakers was its biggest seller this holiday season. The post Amazon reveals its biggest hit this holiday season, and it involves Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Home Theater, Smart Home, Holiday Season, Alexa, 2017, Echo Dot, Smart Speakers


Amazon has revealed its biggest hit this holiday season, and it involves Alexa

Amazon has shown off some stats for the holiday season, and as usual it hasn't held back with the superlatives. Among the data we learn that one of its smart speakers was its biggest seller this holiday season. The post Amazon has revealed its biggest hit this holiday season, and it involves Alexa appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Home Theater, Smart Home, Holiday Season, Alexa, 2017, Echo Dot, Smart Speakers


Google Home Max review

 The Max sounds good. But is it $399 good? On the whole, it’s a solid offering. It isn’t a flashy speaker from a design perspective, but the audio is loud and clear, and the bass bumps like a mofo. Read More
Tags: Reviews, Google, TC, Gadgets, Hardware, Tech, Assistant, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Home Max


The Google Home Max Almost Made My House Go Boom

The weird thing about picking up the Google Home Max is the weight. It’s only 11 pounds, but it feels heavy, the way speakers used to feel. So I feel like I smirked when I plugged it in, thinking, “This thing’s gonna be loud.” At top volume, the Google Home Max did not blow me away. I could, however, have a…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Smart Home, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Apple HomePod, Google Home Max, Google Home Max Review


Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

 Amazon’s Echo lineup got a refresh earlier this year that included a brand new version of its basic Echo, well as an Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub, and the stalwart Echo Dot – unchanged, but still a compelling device at its price point. The new lineup of devices also made its way to more markets this year, including an expansion to Canada just this month, which is why I… Read More
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Echo, Publishing, Hardware, Tech, E-commerce, Home Automation, Canada, Computing, Amazon Echo, Smart Speakers


Samsung Smart Speaker, Huh? Let's Talk

Yesterday, a report from Bloomberg came out saying that Samsung will launch a Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the first half of 2018. This really shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since DJ Koh already told CNBC back in August that the company was indeed trying to put its digital assistant, which first…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cortana, Samsung, Bloomberg, Cnbc, Alexa, Digital Assistants, Bixby, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, DJ Koh, Bixby Please


Google Home Mini Recovers Some Touch Controls After Creepy Spying Bug

Thanks in large part to the low-cost Echo Dot, Amazon grabbed an early lead in the smart speaker space. But this fall Google hit back hard with the Home Mini, which has become the best cheap smart speaker to buy for most people. Unfortunately, shortly after its launch, a bug affecting the top touch controls in some…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant, Google Home, Echo Dot Amazon, Smart Speakers, Google Home Mini


This Battery Pack Turns Your Google Home Into the Best Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Bluetooth, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Consumer Tech, Google Home, Smart Speakers


This Battery Pack Turns Your Google Home Into My Favorite Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Bluetooth, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Consumer Tech, Google Home, Smart Speakers


This Battery Pack Turns the Google Home Into My Favorite Portable Bluetooth Speaker

It seems inevitable that one day your entire home will be wired so that smart assistants can hear your every request, no matter where you are. But if you mostly rely on a smart speaker, its built-in mic can only eavesdrop so far. Companies like Google would certainly love it if you bought a smart speaker for every…Read more...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Science, Bluetooth, Audio, Speakers, Tech, Consumer Tech, Google Home, Smart Speakers


(Virtually) No one should ever own an Echo or any other "voice assistant" product

If you buy one of those intrinsically insecure, always-on "smart speakers" from Google, Amazon, Apple or other players, you're installing a constantly listening presence in your home that by design listens to every word you say, and which is very likely to suffer at least one catastrophic breach that allows hackers (possibly low-level dum-dums like the ransomware creeps who took whole hospitals hostage this year, then asked for a mere $300 to give them back because they were such penny-ante gri...
Tags: Gadgets, Echo, Post, News, Siri, Voice Assistant, Google Amazon Apple, Surveillance Capitalism, Late Stage Capitalism, Smart Speakers, Grinchwatch, Unless You Have Dementia, Zuboff


I Let an $800 Alexa Robot Creep Around My House Like a Tiny, Mechanical Zombie

Have you ever fantasized about having the weather read to you every morning like it was a beautiful Shakespearean sonnet? That’s probably the best reason to choose UBTECH Robotics’ new Alexa-enabled Lynx robot over the Amazon Echo—that, or you’re very, very lonely.Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Robots, Robotics, Alexa, Consumer Tech, Lynx, Smart Speakers, UBTECH Robotics


YouTube returns to the Amazon Echo Show

 When the Amazon Echo Show first debuted, it included a YouTube feature, as is right and proper for a device with a screen capable of playing video and connecting to the internet. But Google quickly nixed the Echo Show YouTube player, since it was a non-standard presentation of the company’s stuff which did not comply with their terms of use. Now, YouTube is back on Echo Show (via… Read More
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Internet, Youtube, Social Media, Google Search, Tech, Amazon.com, Digital Media, Amazon Echo, World Wide Web, Smart Speakers


Amazon Echos given to people in need to reduce demands on caregivers

An innovative trial taking place in the U.K. is giving Amazon Echos to people with learning disabilities to see if they can help cut down on demands for already overstretched human caregivers. The post Amazon Echos given to people in need to reduce demands on caregivers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Health & Fitness, Emerging Tech, Smart Speakers, AI assistant, Amazon Echos


You can now control Sonos smart speakers directly from the Pandora app

On the heels of the release of Sonos' acclaimed One speaker, the company is partnering with Pandora to allow users more freedom than ever with their music. Users can now control Sonos speakers directly from the Pandora app. The post You can now control Sonos smart speakers directly from the Pandora app appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Pandora, Home Theater, Streaming, Sonos, Alexa, Smart Speakers


Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the car

 Want to bring Alexa into your vehicle? You now have a few options, including a new $49.99 accessory from voice tech company Speak Music, which is launching Muse, essentially a Bluetooth-enabled Amazon Echo for the car. The small device allows you to access Alexa skills while on the go, using voice commands and the “Alexa” wake word, while connecting to your in-car stereo system… Read More
Tags: Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Hardware, Bluetooth, Tech, Usb, Computer Hardware, Automotive, Computing, Wireless, Muse, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa


Voice-enabled smart speakers to reach 55% of U.S. households by 2022, says report

 Adoption of voice-powered smart speakers is taking off. According to a new report from Juniper Research out this morning, smart devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and Sonos One will be installed in a majority – that is, 55 percent – of U.S. households by the year 2022. By that time, over 70 million households will have at least one of these smart speakers in their home, and… Read More
Tags: TC, Tech, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Juniper Research, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, Amazon Echo Google Home, Voice Speakers


Amazon Echo Dot Vs. Google Home Mini: The Cheap Speaker Showdown

In the gadget-world, it’s cliché to compare something to The Jetsons. But when it comes to a cheap little box that you talk to and that answers your questions and that controls your entire home, the comparison is just too perfect. The $50 Amazon Echo Dot and the $50 Google Home Mini are two such boxes. They’re not…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Amazon Echo Dot, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Battlemodo, Google Home Mini, Cheap Smart Speaker Battlemodo, Cheap Smart Speakers


Amazon's Echo Plus Gets Close to Giving Us the Easy Smart Home We Deserve

Despite what you may have read, the Amazon Echo was never a do-anything smart home device. Sure it could tell you about the weather and maybe control your lights, but it lacked the under-the-hood hub capabilities that could make all your connected devices work together. The new Amazon Echo Plus offers just that. I’m…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Echo, Science, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Smart Speakers, Echo Plus, Amazon Echo Plus, Amazon Echo Plus Review


Some Apple HomePod Sounds Leak, and Boy Are They Soothing

Look, I don’t really care about Apple’s upcoming HomePod because even though it might sound fantastic, I’m not convinced I need to drop $350 on yet another smart speaker. Even so, I appreciate a job well done, no matter how small, and the person or people responsible for the status sounds for the HomePod have created…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Audio, Speakers, Siri, Consumer Tech, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Sweet Little Tunes Can Go A Long Way


Amazon Echo Has Come a Long Way Baby

The original Amazon Echo was an ugly black tube—a speaker meant to be set back in the corner, hidden from view. It was a cheap imitation of the computer from Star Trek. The new Amazon Echo is a much prettier device. It’s not suddenly faster or smarter, and your old Echo will do the exact same thing as before, but this…Read more...
Tags: Reviews, Amazon, Science, Star Trek, Amazon Echo, Consumer Tech, Amazon Echo Review, Smart Speakers, Amazon Echo Has Come, Long Way Baby


Touchscreen Google Home device evidence spied in official app code

 There’s now more evidence Google is testing a touchscreen Home device. AndroidPolice points to sections of code of the latest Google app that refers to a device that sports a new on-screen interface. The APK teardown of 7.14.15 beta version revealed a long list of on-screen menus and functions that are utilized by a device with the code-name of Quartz. These abilities include YouTube… Read More
Tags: Google, Android, Startups, Gadgets, Youtube, Google Search, Amazon.com, Smartphones, Computing, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart Speakers


How Microsoft's New Invoke Smart Speaker Stacks Up to the Competition

Better late than never, right? Microsoft is finally ready to compete in the smart speaker market after unveiling its Cortana-powered version of the Amazon Echo earlier this year. The Harman Kardon Invoke launched on Sunday with high-quality audio and a stylish design for $199.Read more...
Tags: Apple, Google, Science, Microsoft, Sonos, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Smarthome, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Harman Kardon Invoke