Tag Archives: smart-speaker

LG XBOOM team adds portable Bluetooth, ThinQ smart speakers

LG is perhaps best known for smartphones, TVs, and a few home appliances. It might not exactly be that popular for speakers.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AI

Samsung’s Bixby speaker didn’t look like anything we expected, with the Galaxy Home a bulbous alien egg promising to take on Apple’s HomePod, Amazon’s Echo, and Google’s Home. Announced at Unpacked 2018 in Brooklyn this week, alongside the Galaxy Note 9, the unusual smart speaker has already been compared to a sci-fi movie prop, a cauldron, and even cyborg cow … Continue reading

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New Alexa Away Mode skill aims to scare off burglars with goofy audio

Among the many tricks homeowners can use to deter break-ins while they’re away is to leave things like lights or a radio/TV on, in turn making burglars think that someone is home. But there’s a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa that puts an interesting twist on this idea. Dubbed “Away Mode,” the skill will play audio recordings of lengthy conversations, … Continue reading

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HomePod iOS 12 beta finally brings more sensible call support

In just two months, Apple will finally be unveiling its three new iPhones for the year. For those not interested in upgrading phones, the launch does bring something more interesting as well: iOS 12.

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Bixby smart speaker details surface

For as much talk as there’s been about Samsung’s Bixby smart speaker, the device is still shrouded in mystery.

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Google Home just scored a huge victory over Alexa

Google Home has overtaken Amazon’s Echo in smart speaker shipments for the first time, it’s claimed, with the Google Assistant edging out Alexa in sales. Although there have been several contenders in the smart speaker wars, two rival platforms currently lead the market. Amazon led the way, with its Alexa-powered Echo speaker.

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Google’s smart screen will probably come from Nest

Now that Nest is closer to Google than ever before, it’s only right that Google’s next product be Nest-branded. Clues collected this week point toward Google’s rumored smart screen (with Google Assistant onboard) coming from the smart home brand Nest

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Alexa Blueprints will DIY you straight to the dark side

I’m a luddite when it comes to our future AI overlords, but when I saw how fun Amazon Alexa Skill Blueprints were, I gave in. Or at least I expect to give in a little bit.

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Apple HomePod sales are more than just disappointing

You can only spin a bad thing so much before reality sinks in. Apple has been positioning the HomePod as less of a smart speaker and more of a high-quality speaker that just happens to have just a little smarts. While there’s no arguing that point, it doesn’t seem to be syncing with consumers at all.

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Siri needs these features to catch up with the competition

The smart speaker market is heating up and it’s being driven not just by the “speaker” part but, more importantly, the “smart” part as well. Apple can sing all it wants about the quality of the HomePod’s audio experience, but it will only be a matter of time before high-quality Amazon or Google speakers pop up.

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