Smart Speaker

Google Assistant receives a new update which lets you search through first and third-party integrations

Google Assistant has received a small but useful update that allows users to search specific information or services through a search bar. This …

Google

How the Google Home is better than the Amazon Echo (Top 5)

These are the top 5 subtle ways Google Home is better than the Echo. At my apartment, I've got a couple of Echo devices and one Google Home. I've had an Echo Dot for about a year, and the Google Home since November of last year. After all this time I've got some thoughts on what makes Google Smart …

Amazon

Xiaomi Mi AI Affordable Smart Speaker

You can now join the smart home revolution without breaking the bank thanks to the Xiaomi Mi AI Affordable Smart Speaker. This intelligent device …

Xiaomi

Hands on w/ the first portable Google Assistant smart speaker, the Mobvoi TicHome Mini

Google Home was released about a year ago as the first smart speaker with Google Assistant built in, and it’s matured a lot since its release. This year, Google opened up the software needed to bring Assistant to other hardware. Back at IFA, we saw several new options announced, and now we’ve got …

Gear & Gadgets

Amazon is looking to further expand Alexa ecosystem with two new products

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Amazon is working on two new products that will be integrated with its popular Alexa voice assistant and could be released before the end of the year, according to the Financial …

Amazon

iPhone X is here - but where are these 'secret' Apple products?

HomePod and iMac Pro release details are still a mystery.<p>Apple's first major event to grace the Steve Jobs Theatre is now fading into the distance, …

Augmented Reality

Upcoming 'Google Home Mini' Smart Speaker Details and Images Leaked

We've previously covered rumors that Google has been working on a "mini" version of its $129 Google Home smart speaker, which is expected to be unveiled at the company's Pixel 2 smartphone event scheduled for October 4. But it looks as if details and images of the "Home Mini" have already been …

Google Home

Roku is reportedly building its own smart speaker

Citing public job postings and internal documents obtained by one of its writers, <i>Variety</i> speculates Roku is working an Amazon Echo-like smart speaker.<p>…

Roku

It looks like Google is set to reveal a $49 rival to Amazon's popular Echo Dot

Google is holding a big launch event on October 4th, but somebody let the cat out of the bag early.<p>On Tuesday, Droid Life published pictures allegedly of the new Google Pixel smartphones and a Google Pixelbook laptop that the company was expected to unveil at the event.<p>Well, here's one more October …

Amazon

Roku Is Doubling Down on Voice, May Be Building Smart Speaker (EXCLUSIVE)

Streaming video device maker Roku has been working on advancing voice control while also ramping up its own audio efforts, according to a number of …

Automation

Roku could be hopping on the Echo train

Streaming device maker Roku could have an Amazon Echo-type smart speaker in the works, a Variety report published Monday suggests.<p>Meanwhile, Los Gatos, California-based Roku is looking to raise as much as $220 million when it goes public next month, according to an SEC filing Monday.<p>Roku did not …

Amazon Echo

Leak confirms $49 Google Home Mini; update with Pixel 2 XL leak

Google (GOOG, GOOGL) has an October 4 launch event set for its Pixel 2 smartphone but new products for the Home line were also rumored. Those rumors …

Business

Roku might be making its own smart speaker

There could be yet another smart speaker to choose from.<p>The popular streaming device maker Roku may be building its own competitor to the Amazon …

Automation

Roku might be building its own smart speaker

Roku could be next in line to create its very own smart speaker. The company's latest batch of job offers, and recent hires, have got <i>Variety</i> speculating that it may be prepping an Amazon Echo clone. Roku is currently advertising for multiple roles, with an eye on recruiting audio and voice experts. …

Automation

Roku smart speaker plans tipped: Should Alexa be worried?

You’re nobody in tech if you don’t have a smart speaker, and it seems Roku may be planning to enter the fray with a home companion of its own. The …

Automation

Job offers, docs show Roku's doubling down on voice, with smart speaker as possible outcome

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Amazon is still crushing the smart speaker market, but there’s some good news for Google

Google Home has carved out a healthy chunk of the connected speaker market over the last year, but it’s still far behind Amazon’s Echo, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. From a survey of 300 connected speaker owners, the firm estimates that <b>Amazon holds 76% percent of the current</b> …

Google Home

Google Assistant smart speakers – here’s all your current and upcoming options

Launched in October 2016 with the Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, the Google Assistant digital companion is the company’s entry in the growing, and highly competitive, virtual connected helper race. While it was relatively late in the running, launching well after Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and …

Google

Where was the Apple HomePod at the iPhone X Launch Event?

Where was the Siri smart speaker?<p>At Tuesday’s launch event for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, there was a notable absence. Apple’s HomePod, the smart …

What happened to HomePod at yesterday’s event?

Apple’s HomePod smart speaker was nowhere to be found at Apple’s iPhone X event yesterday. While Apple lavished its attention on Apple TV 4K, the new Apple Watch, and, of course, its next-gen iPhones, the smart speaker it unveiled at WWDC didn’t even get a mention.<p>For anyone excited about Apple’s …

Google Home

Apple Unveils iPhone X and 8, Adds Music to Apple Watch at Special Event

Apple CEO <b>Tim Cook</b> hosted a special event today (Sept. 12) at the brand-new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., in which the company unveiled …

IPhone 8

Samsung expects foldable phone in 2018

Samsung aims to launch a foldable phone in 2018, says Koh Dong-jin, president of mobile business at Samsung Electronics.<p>As reported by the Associated Press, Koh told Korean reporters on Tuesday that once the company surmounted "some problems," it would launch the product. He did not say what the …

Samsung

Samsung Mobile President Says Foldable Smartphone Might Arrive In 2018

Samsung’s president of mobile business Koh Dong-jin has confirmed that the South Korean phone maker is planning to launch a foldable smartphone in …

Samsung

iPhone X launch: Apple to unveil most expensive iPhone yet at September event

Apple's all-glass iPhone X is rumoured to feature wireless charging and come in a new blush gold colour - but it's also tipped to cost as much as …

IPhone 8

This fall, new gadgets seek a place in your smart home

Smart Homes

Amazon: Smart Speaker Shipments Jump 843% In Q2 | Investopedia

Voice-activated speakers saw an 843% uptick in unit shipments during the second quarter, with Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), the undisputed leader in the …

Automation

Amazon's new Apple TV competitor will moonlight as an Echo

Amazon has a new Fire TV in the works that will double as an Echo smart speaker.<p>A new version of the Fire TV, which will look like a small cube, will have many of the same features of Amazon's Echo smart speaker built in, according to report by AFTVnews.com. It will have microphones (so you can …

Amazon

Apple's big iPhone reveal is a day away

More than 10 years after Steve Jobs announced the original iPhone in San Francisco, Apple is preparing for another landmark event.<p>Some things will be different. Tim Cook will be on stage, and the location will be Apple's brand new campus in Cupertino. But the star of the show will still be the …

Apple

These Are Not the Robots We Were Promised

From the moment we humans first imagined having mechanical servants at our beck and call, we’ve assumed they would be constructed in our own image. Outfitted with arms and legs, heads and torsos, they would perform everyday tasks that we’d otherwise have to do ourselves. Like the indefatigable maid …

Robots

NuBryte Adds Smart Switches and Distributed Audio To Its Home Automation Platform

I’ve written about NuBryte before because of the company’s unique and beautiful TouchPoint color touch-screen consoles that fit in single- or …

Home Automation