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Google will announce a new Pixel, smart speaker and Chromecast September 30

Google will announce a new Pixel, smart speaker and Chromecast September 30 Hardware season is in full swing. Apple’s big Watch event kicks off tomorrow and Samsung is readying itself for a third (!) Unpacked event on September 23. Now Google’s getting in on the fun. After opting to skip a virtual […]

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Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices

Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices Amazon’s dominant position in the U.S. smart speaker market will continue through this year and the next, with rivals like Google and Apple only making slight dents in Amazon Echo market share, according to a report published today by eMarketer. The […]

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Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments

Where VCs are looking for voice startup investments Led by Amazon’s Alexa, smart speakers’ install base is expected to reach 200 million units worldwide by 2020. A quarter of Americans over the age of 12 own a smart speaker, and the majority of those users have more than one device in their […]

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Watch Google unveil the Pixel 4 live right here

Watch Google unveil the Pixel 4 live right here Google is about to unveil its new smartphone lineup, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. And if you’re an Android fan, you know that the Pixel is one of the most interesting Android phones out there thanks to a bloatware-free operating system […]

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Google makes moving music and videos between speakers and screens easier

Google makes moving music and videos between speakers and screens easier Google today announced a small but nifty feature for the Google Assistant and its smart home devices that makes it easier for you to take your music and videos with you as you wander about the different rooms in your home. […]

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Google falls to third place in worldwide smart speaker market

Google falls to third place in worldwide smart speaker market The global smart speaker market grew 55.4% in the second quarter to reach 26.1 million shipments, according to a new report from Canalys. Amazon continued to lead the race, accounting for 6.6 million units shipped in the quarter. Google, however, fell to […]

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Google is investigating the source of voice data leak, plans to update its privacy policies

Google is investigating the source of voice data leak, plans to update its privacy policies Google has responded to a report this week from Belgian public broadcaster VRT NWS, which revealed that contractors were given access to Google Assistant voice recordings, including those which contained sensitive information — like addresses, conversations between […]

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Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable “parasite”

Wrest control from a snooping smart speaker with this teachable “parasite” What do you get when you put one Internet connected device on top of another? A little more control than you otherwise would in the case of Alias the “teachable ‘parasite’” — an IoT project smart speaker topper made by two […]

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More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold

More than 100 million Alexa devices have been sold Over 100 million devices with Amazon’s Alexa assistant pre-installed have been sold, the company said Friday. The new metric, revealed by Amazon devices SVP Dave Limp in an interview with The Verge, showcases just how quickly the company has crammed the voice assistant […]

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Smart speakers hit critical mass in 2018

Smart speakers hit critical mass in 2018 We already know Alexa had a good Christmas – the app shot to the top of the App Store over the holidays, and the Alexa service even briefly crashed from all the new users. But Alexa, along with other smart speaker devices like Google Home, […]

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