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Bird-brained computers stand in the way of the voice search revolution | John Naughton

Smart speakers such as Amazon’s Echo won’t answer our search queries until they acquire an understanding of natural languageType “What is the future of search?” into Google and in 0.47 seconds the search engine replies with a list of sites asking the same question, together with a note that it had found about 2,110,000,000 other results. Ponder that number for a moment, for it reflects the scale of the information explosion that was triggered by Tim Berners-Lee’s invention of the web in 1989-90....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Technology, Bg, Voice Recognition, Richard Feynman, Tim Berners Lee, John Naughton, Smart Speakers, Ralph Leighton


Nielsen: US smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

In the second quarter, the adoption of smart speakers — like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices — grew to 24 percent in the U.S., up from 22 percent the prior quarter, according to new data from Nielsen, released this week. The measurement firm took a look at how consumers were using their speakers, when, as well as how many were buying multiple devices. The firm found that 4 out of 10 smart speaker owners have more than one device — a sizable percentage that points to consumers finding enough ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Echo, Hardware, US, Tech, Nielsen, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, MediaTech Trender


Nielsen: U.S. smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

In the second quarter, the adoption of smart speakers – like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices – grew to 24% in the U.S., up from 22% the prior quarter, according to new data from Nielsen, released this week. The measurement firm took a look at how consumers were using their speakers, when, as well as how many were buying multiple devices. The firm found that 4 out of 10 smart speaker owners have more than one device – a sizable percentage that points to consumers finding enough value in their...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Echo, Hardware, Nielsen, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Voice Assistant, Smart Speaker, Google Assistant, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, MediaTech Trender


Amazon Is Going to Drown Us in Alexa Crap

The digital assistant wars are in full swing, and with Google just recently notching the latest victory by finishing Q2 with the top-selling smart speaker in the world, Amazon is revamping its Alexa-powered roster in a very big way.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Science, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Smart Devices, Digital Assistants, Smart Speakers, The Great Alexa Flood Of 2018, Alexa Crap


Google Home Mini was the best-selling smart speaker in Q2

Amazon’s Echo Dot may have been a bestseller on Prime Day, but Google’s Home Mini device is now the top-selling smart speaker worldwide, according to a new report out this morning from Strategy Analytics. The analyst firm says Google’s small speaker accounted for 1 in 5 smart speaker shipments in Q2 2018, edging out the Echo Dot with its 2.3 million global shipments compared to Echo Dot’s 2.2 million. Combined, these two entry-level smart speakers – the Echo Dot and Home Mini – accounted for 38%...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Startups, Gadgets, Echo, Samsung, Alibaba, Strategy Analytics, David Mercer, Echo Dot, Google Home, Smart Speakers, HomePod, Google Home Mini, Tmail Genie


Investors are tuning out Sonos after a disappointing quarter

Sonos stock is still struggling to recover after a disappointing earnings report sent shares of the audio hardware manufacturing company plummeting. The stock is currently down over 18 percent in trading on the Nasdaq after yesterday’s news that the company lost 45 cents per share on revenues  of roughly $208 million for the quarter. The losses put Sonos on pace for its worst day since debuting on the public markets in August. Sonos sees modest gains on first day of trading Revenue was ...
Tags: TC, Technology, Wall Street, Tech, Economy, United States, Speaker, Fitbit, Gopro, Sonos, Driver, Smart Speaker, Patrick Spence, Smart Speakers


Close to Half of All U.S. Consumers Will Own a Smart Speaker After the Holidays (Study)

The smart speaker boom is continuing: Almost half of all consumers will own a smart speaker after the upcoming holiday season, according to a new study by Adobe.  Smart speaker owners also increasingly access an expanded set of voice activities, including online research, shopping and making phone calls. Altogether, 32% of consumers now own a […]
Tags: News, Adobe, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Adobe Smart


Adobe survey finds digital assistants, smart speakers are all the rage with shoppers

It seems like voice assistants and smart speakers are everywhere these days and it turns out they are -- a new survey of more than 1,000 consumers finds that usage is expanding and adoption rates are growing. The post Adobe survey finds digital assistants, smart speakers are all the rage with shoppers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Adobe, Trends, Smart Home, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


Adobe survey finds digital assistants, smart speakers are popular with shoppers

It seems like voice assistants and smart speakers are everywhere these days and it turns out they are -- a new survey of more than 1,000 consumers finds that usage is expanding and adoption rates are growing. The post Adobe survey finds digital assistants, smart speakers are popular with shoppers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Adobe, Trends, Smart Home, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers


Anker debuts robot vacuum and Alexa-friendly smart speaker at IFA 2018

Anker introduced the Soundcore Flare S+ smart speaker and Eufy Robovac 30C at IFA 2018. The Flare S+ speaker adds battery power and Alexa compatibility. The Robovac 30C, now Alexa and Google Assistant compatible, also gains suction power. The post Anker debuts robot vacuum and Alexa-friendly smart speaker at IFA 2018 appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, News, Trends, Smart Home, Anker, Alexa, Ifa, Robot Vacuums, Smart Speakers, IFA 2018, Eufy Robovac 30C, Soundcore Flare S


Netgear Stuffed Alexa and a Harman Kardon Speaker Into a Wifi Router For Some Reason

Ever wonder why your wifi router just sits there, delivering you sweet access to the whole internet but not much more? Netgear evidently realizes that people like multipurpose gadgets because it’s now offering an Orbi wifi router with a built-in Harman Kardon speaker and Amazon Alexa capabilities. It’s like a pumped…Read more...
Tags: Science, Mesh Networking, Alexa, Netgear, Harman Kardon, Amazon Alexa, Wifi Routers, Orbi, Smart Speakers, Netgear Orbi


Google Assistant goes bilingual, lets you speak two languages interchangeably

As multicultural households become more common, Google has stepped up its language support, announcing that the Google Assistant can now recognize and speak two languages interchangeably. The post Google Assistant goes bilingual, lets you speak two languages interchangeably appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Mobile, News, Trends, Smart Home, Digital Assistants, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, IFA 2018


Google Home Max review: bigger and smarter sound

Big new Google Assistant smart speaker finally launches in the UK with best-in-class voice control aiming to be the life and soul of the partyGoogle’s big, premium Apple HomePod rival the Home Max is finally being released in the UK today, bringing Google Assistant to the high-end smart speaker market.Announced in October 2017 and on sale in the US since November, the Home Max joins Google’s smaller Home and smallest Home Mini smart speakers as the big one. Google Assistant sorts voice commands,...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, UK, Technology, US, Alphabet, Smart Speakers, Google Home Max, Home Max


Bose one-ups Apple, Amazon with a $400 smart speaker, two new soundbars

Bose has launched three new smart speaker devices, including a pricey, Alexa-enabled smart speaker and two smart soundbars to its lineup, chasing Sonos into the world of assistant-integrated whole-home audio. The post Bose one-ups Apple, Amazon with a $400 smart speaker, two new soundbars appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Home Theater, Smart Home, Bose, Alexa, Apple Amazon, Smart Speakers


Bose leaps into smart home with $400 smart speaker, two smart soundbars

Bose has launched three new smart speaker devices, including a pricey, Alexa-enabled smart speaker and two smart soundbars to its lineup, chasing Sonos into the world of assistant-integrated whole-home audio. The post Bose leaps into smart home with $400 smart speaker, two smart soundbars appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Home Theater, Smart Home, Bose, Alexa, Smart Speakers


Petco is fighting the competition with voice-activated content on smart speakers

Petco has partnered with Alpine.AI, a developer of skills for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, to develop voice content to position the company as the best source of pet information and products. The post Petco is fighting the competition with voice-activated content on smart speakers appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Amazon, Business, News, Trends, Smart Home, Petsmart, Petco, Amazon Alexa, Bark, Smart Speakers, Voice Skills


For $400, Bose's First Smart Speaker Better Sound Amazing

While smart speakers aren’t exactly new, the battle for AI-powered audio supremacy is just heating up, and in the past year we’ve seen a number of high-end AI-speaker systems hit the market including the Sonos One, the Apple HomePod and the Google Home Max. However, even with all these new entries, there was still a…Read more...
Tags: Science, Audio, Speakers, Bose, Alexa, Consumer Tech, Smart Speakers, Google Home Max, Bose Joins The Smart Speakers Wars, Bose Home Speaker 500, Bose Soundbar, Smart Speaker Wars


Alexa’s smart speaker market lead slips as Google Assistant and others gain

Amazon Alexa remains the global leader in smart speaker sales by a significant margin, but Google Assistant is steadily gaining market share in the U.S. Smart speakers from other companies are carving their own pieces of the business. The post Alexa’s smart speaker market lead slips as Google Assistant and others gain appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Google, Business, News, Trends, Smart Home, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Smart Speakers, U S Smart


Purchasing a used smart speaker? A hacker could be listening to you

Purchasing a used smart speaker might lower the price tag, but security experts warn that many of the devices are easy to manipulate and can be turned used to spy on unsuspecting consumers. The post Purchasing a used smart speaker? A hacker could be listening to you appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Apple HomePod


Google Overtakes Amazon In Smart Speakers

Fresh research has revealed that Google has pulled ahead of Amazon in the smart speaker department, the latest move by the tech giant in its quest to be the best in the biz at tracking users and building speech recognition tools. ________________________________ Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy According to the Canalys research outfit, Google has taken the lead over Amazon for the first time in the acquisition of biometric identifying data–aka “smart speakers...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Music, Guest Post, Internet Association, Alexa, Music Business, Music Tech, Apps & Mobile, Chris Castle, Marissa Meyer, Smart Speakers, Shoe Gazer


Google May Finally Make Its Own Smart Speaker With a Screen

People often ask me, “What’s the point of a smart speaker?” Because as nice as it is to check the weather or set timers using your voice, those tasks can be performed just as easily on a smartphone. Read more...
Tags: Google, Android, Echo, Science, Consumer Tech, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers, Google Smart Display, A Google Home With A Screen


Samsung Really Went and Made a Bixby Speaker

As if we don’t have enough smart assistants already, after months of speculation, Samsung finally took its AI-powered voice helper Bixby and put it in a speaker that its calling the Galaxy Home.Read more...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Galaxy, Consumer Tech, Bixby, Smart Speakers, Samsung Unpacked, Galaxy Home, Samsungs Bixby Speaker Is Real


Amazon Alexa’s new ‘Answer Update’ feature will notify you when Alexa learns something new

Amazon confirmed it’s rolling out a new feature called “Answer Update” to Alexa device users over the next week, which will notify users when Alexa learns the answer to a question the assistant didn’t know when first asked. The idea is to allow people to better take advantage of Alexa’s quickly improving Knowledge Graph – its informational database containing general knowledge facts and figures that Alexa uses to answer users’ questions. The feature was first spotted by Voicebot, which said they...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Tech, Adweek, Voice Assistants, Alexa, Knowledge Graph, Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Voice Computing, Smart Speakers, Knowledge Graph an Amazon


How do I get the best from Alexa?

Crafty and creative hacks, apps and bits of kit to use with your Amazon Echo and its avatarSmart speakers are taking over British homes. A recent UK Gov survey found the number had doubled in three months, with around 10% of Brits owning one – and that 75% of these were Amazon Echo devices. The overwhelming majority are used for basic tasks like playing music and answering general knowledge questions – but with the right tips, tricks, skills and accessories you can get the Echo’s digital assista...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Technology, Internet, Wifi, Smart Homes, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon Alexa, Smart Speakers


BMW’s Alexa integration gets it right

BMW will in a few days start rolling out to many of its drivers support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. The fact that BWM is doing this doesn’t come as a surprise, given that it has long talked about its plans to bring Alexa — and potentially other personal assistants like Cortana and the Google Assistant — to its cars. Ahead of its official launch in Germany, Austria, the U.S. and U.K. (with other countries following at a later date), I went to Munich to take a look at what using Alexa i...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Microsoft, Wikipedia, Cortana, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Munich, Automotive, Speech Recognition, Automotive Industry, Bmw, Alexa, Assistant, Germany Austria


Google Home vs. Amazon Echo

What happens when you compare the Google Home vs the Amazon Echo? Both smart speakers have good qualities, but what happens when you compare they're features side-by-side? We think one of these smart gadgets wins over the other. The post Google Home vs. Amazon Echo appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Trends, Smart Home, Amazon Echo, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Google Home, Smart Speakers


You can now stream to your Sonos devices via AirPlay 2

Newer Sonos devices and “rooms” now appear as AirPlay 2-compatible devices, allowing you to stream audio to them via Apple devices. The solution is a long time coming for Sonos which promised AirPlay 2 support in October. You can stream to Sonos One, Sonos Beam, Playbase, and Play:5 speakers and ask Siri to play music on various speakers (“Hey Siri, play some hip-hop in the kitchen.”) The feature should roll out to current speakers today. I tried a beta version and it worked as advertised....
Tags: Apple, TC, Gadgets, Technology, Siri, Tech, Software, Computing, Sonos, Airplay, Apple Inc, Smart Speakers, Play:1, Play:3


Digging deeper into smart speakers reveals two clear paths

In a truly fascinating exploration into two smart speakers – the Sonos One and the Amazon Echo – BoltVC’s Ben Einstein has found some interesting differences in the way a traditional speaker company and an infrastructure juggernaut look at their flagship devices. The post is well worth a a full read but the gist is this: Sonos, a very traditional speaker company, has produced a good speaker and modified its current hardware to support smart home features like Alexa and Google Assistant. The Son...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Gadgets, Echo, Spotify, Technology, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Kickstarter, Speaker, Smart Technology, Sonos, Einstein


Amazon India adds smart home cameras and voice remotes to Echo portfolio

Amazon Echo can now control home cameras by EZVIZ and D-Link in India. These devices, which are essentially inside-the-home CCTV cameras with a WiFi connection, will now ship with support for Amazon Echo smart speakers, essentially letting themselves be controlled by voice commands. “All... ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, News, India, Cctv, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Amazon India, Smart Speakers


Sonos Beam review: a great, compact, jack-of-all-trades upgrade for your TV

The new, cheaper, more compact Sonos soundbar has full-range, room-filling sound, wifi and smart speaker functionality with built-in AlexaThe Beam is the new, more compact and cheaper soundbar from multi-room audio specialists Sonos, which promises to be a great one-box upgrade for your TV sound, with Alexa and smart speaker functionality built in.On the surface the Beam appears to be a relatively simple product. It’s an all-in-one soundbar that connects to your TV via HDMI or optical cable and ...
Tags: Gadgets, Technology, Television, Digital music and audio, Alexa, Smart Speakers, Sonos Beam, AlexaThe Beam