Smart Speaker

Microsoft’s Cortana Mistake: Relying on Windows

The software giant’s digital assistant debuted before Amazon’s Alexa, but is still struggling to find an audience<p>By<p>Jay Greene<p>Jay Greene<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@greene<p>iamjaygreene<p>Google+<p>jay.greene@wsj.com<p>Microsoft Corp. MSFT 1.25% is moving to retool Cortana, its digital voice assistant that …

Enterprise Tech

Smart speaker sales on pace to increase 50 percent by 2019

It seems Amazon didn’t know what it had on its hands when it released the first Echo in late-2014. The AI-powered speaker formed the foundation of the next been moment in consumer electronics. Those devices have helped mainstream consumer AI and open the door to wide-scale adoption of connected …

Smart Homes

WSJ: Microsoft retooling Cortana, Alexa collab could launch this week

The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is retooling its voice assistant Cortana after its Windows-only debut four years …

Business

Security flaw in Amazon Echo speakers allows hackers to spy on users

A security flaw in the Amazon Echo smart speaker could allow criminals to eavesdrop on your private conversations at home, researchers have found.<p>The always-listening Amazon Echo, which retails at £90, is currently the most popular smart speaker in the UK, making up three quarters of the market. …

Amazon Echo

Amazon Smart Speaker Share Drops To 41%; Google Up To 28%

Amazon’s smart speaker market share globally fell from 44% to 41% in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly research from Strategy …

Search Engine Marketing

Analysts at odds over HomePod unit sales, but agree on 6% market share

A new report from Strategy Analytics offers up a look at estimated HomePod sales for the quarter ending in June. While this data lines up with what we heard from CIRP earlier this month as far as market share, the analysts’ sales estimations vary by over 1M units.<p>A couple of weeks ago, CIRP …

Asia Pacific

Samsung has finally unveiled its Echo competitor — here's a look at the hurdles it will face

<i>This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.</i><p>South Korean electronics giant Samsung showcased its long-anticipated entrant into the smart speaker market, the Galaxy Home, …

Bixby

HomePod sales may be even lower than early estimates expected

Apple’s HomePod speaker sales might be weaker than previously estimated by analysts. The latest quarterly research report from Strategy Analytics claims that HomePod sales numbers only totaled 700,000 units.<p>If Strategy Analytics’ numbers are right, then Apple has only sold 1.3 million HomePod units …

Amazon Echo

Apple's HomePod claims six percent of the smart speaker market, as Google closes gap with Amazon

New data says that Apple is now the fourth smart speaker manufacturer as measured in sales worldwide with about 700,000 HomePods sold in the quarter, …

Technology

Almost no Alexa owners have bought anything with their voice

Alexa might not be the sales robot that Amazon believed it could be.<p>A report today (Aug. 6) from The Information <b></b>claims the company has sold about 50 million Alexa smart speakers, which first went on sale in 2014. However, only 2% of Alexa speakers have been used to make a purchase from Amazon in …

Customers

Amazon Canada removed Echo Plus from lineup, discounts Echo Dot

Amazon officially released the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus, its trio of smart speakers, in Canada on December 5th. It now seems the Echo Plus is no …

Canada

A Foolish Take: Apple Gains a Foothold in the Smart Speaker Market

Despite fierce competition, the HomePod has a 6% share.<p>When <b>Apple</b> (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched its HomePod smart speaker earlier this year, many critics …

Investing

Insignia’s Smart Speaker has Google Assistant built-in, returns to all-time low at $25

Today only, Best Buy’s official eBay storefront offers the Insignia Smart Speaker with built-in Google Assistant for <b>$24.99 shipped</b>. Also available direct from Best Buy as part of its Deals of the Day. Typically selling for around $50, that’s good for a 50% discount and beats our previous mention by …

Google Assistant

Doing just enough [#acpodcast]

Daniel Bader, Andrew Martonik, and Jerry Hildenbrand unwrap all the details from "Samsung Unpacked 2018" event and discuss the flagship of the fleet: …

Galaxy Note

How Brand Loyalty Plays Out in Voice Commerce | eMarketer Retail

One downside of voice commerce is the inability to browse products before making a purchase. Instead, consumers must trust the product suggestions of …

eCommerce

Bixby-powered Samsung 'Galaxy Home' smart speaker will floor you

By IANS<p>NEW YORK: Voice is the next big platform and sensing immense opportunities, Samsung has now forayed into the smart speaker market where Amazon …

India News

2 Great Income Stocks That Could Double Their Dividends

These two tech stocks have promising growth prospects.<p>There's no denying the appeal of dividend stocks that already offer huge yields. However, …

Investing

Alexa is very confused by little kids

Kids love to play with Alexa. Voice-activated assistants are a bottomless source of entertainment, offering knock-knock jokes, bedtimes stories, and animal facts on demand. There’s just one problem: Alexa and her smart-speaker ilk don’t always know how to come out to play.<p>Up to around age five, …

University of Washington

When Will People Start Shopping With Alexa?

Voice-based purchasing hasn’t taken off yet. Does it matter?<p>Amazon Echo owners use its voice-based digital assistant Alexa for a variety of purposes. …

Tech Trends

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, …

Artificial Intelligence

These Jaw-Dropping Facts Will Change Your Mind About the Internet of Things

Write off this emerging technology shift at your own risk.<p>The Internet of Things (or IoT) is used as a catch-all phrase these days for any device or …

Investing

Spotify shares jump after announcing Samsung partnership

Spotify struck a major blow in the music-streaming wars.<p>Shares of the Stockholm-based company jumped nearly 5 percent on Thursday following the …

Apple Music

Samsung Echoes Into The Smart Speaker Market & Govt to Make $2 Billion of Walmart-Flipkart Deal: 4 Things to Know Today

Stay tuned to get every day updates in 60 seconds.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur India, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>1. There’s no race that Samsung doesn’t want to be a part of. The company is now foraying into the smart speaker market with Galaxy Home which will come with its …

Entrepreneurship (India)

Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter

Another one!<p>These days everyone’s got a “smart” speaker. Google has Home; Amazon has Echo; Apple has HomePod; and now Samsung is entering the ever-crowding space with Galaxy Home.<p>In the age of the smart speaker, there are two things that can distinguish an assistant: Looks and personality. So far …

Bixby

Why brands are just finding their voice with Alexa and its competitors

If a technology PR pro was to ask Alexa, "Where are brands in their navigation of voice-activated smart speakers in their comms strategies?," the …

Amazon Echo

Samsung's three-legged Galaxy Home says hello to the smart speaker segment- Technology News, Firstpost

Samsung just launched the <b>Galaxy Note 9</b> and the <b>Galaxy Watch</b> at an its Unboxed <b>event</b> in New York on 9 August, along with its first smart speaker, that …

Technology (India)

Samsung Launches New Galaxy Watch, Home Smart Speaker

Galaxy Watch will be available starting in the US on August 24 and in additional select markets on September 14.<p>Samsung Electronics on Thursday …

India News

Galaxy Home: Samsung’s smart speaker success depends on Bixby’s global aspirations

Samsung made a slew of announcements at its Unpacked 2018 event in New York yesterday, including the Galaxy Note9 phablet and a new Galaxy smartwatch. But a new product line is often what garners the most interest, which is why the company‘s foray into smart speakers with its Bixby-powered Galaxy …

Business

[$$] Samsung seeks boost from new products and tie-ups

Samsung revealed a new smartwatch and smart speaker alongside its Note 9 smartphone on Thursday, as well as alliances with music service Spotify and …

Los Angeles

Samsung Galaxy Home is your newest smart speaker

Bixby and Spotify support plus ADK equals a cauldron-shaped gadget that'll take on Google, Alexa and Apple.

Samsung Galaxy