Amazon unveils $120 Fire TV Cube streaming media player with Alexa
Pricier than a standard Fire TV or Echo smart speaker, Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube basically brings the two together with hands-free Alexa voice support.
Style-focused Amazon Echo Look goes mainstream, opening US sales at $200
You no longer need an invitation to be able to buy the Amazon Echo Look hands-free camera and “style assistant with Alexa” in the US.
Bixby 2.0 is on track to launch with the Galaxy Note 9 this year, and expand to many IoT products soon
You can add Bixby 2.0 to the so far short list of rumored Galaxy Note 9 upgrades, with Samsung’s digital assistant finally slated to receive a bunch of essential improvements in just a few months.
Side-mounted LG G7 ThinQ button will reportedly be used for quick Google Assistant access
Drawing inspiration from Samsung’s last couple of flagship phone designs, the fast-approaching LG G7 ThinQ will let you press a side-mounted button to launch Google Assistant.
Google splits search and AI operations as ex-division chief joins Apple to reboot Siri
Apple is looking to step up its AI efforts with the help of Google’s former machine learning and search division head, while the search giant is splitting the two operations and promoting a couple of veteran employees.
Google’s own in-house ‘smart display’ could come soon to take on Amazon’s Echo Show
After setting up the Smart Display software platform, under which Lenovo, JBL and LG products have been unveiled already, Google might also be thinking of releasing its very own Amazon Echo Show rival.
Google Assistant in Hindi is rolling out to Android phones running Marshmallow and above
It’s now easy and natural to get things done for native Hindi speakers on Android phones running Marshmallow, Nougat or Oreo without using their hands, thanks to Google Assistant.
Google Assistant can basically do anything in TV ads starring John Legend, Sia and Kevin Durant
To prove how serious an Alexa and Siri competitor it’s already become, Google Assistant has booked several A-list celebrities to highlight its strengths.
Samsung confirms Bixby smart speaker for H2 2018, no new foldable smartphone ETA
Samsung has confirmed yet again it’s working on both a Bixby-assisted smart speaker and foldable smartphone, but only one of the two is firmly slated for a 2018 launch.
Wireless Sony Xperia Ear Duo headset starts at $280 with Dual Listening support
The Sony Xperia Ear Duo is truly a one-of-a-kind wireless headset, supporting both Google Assistant and Siri while welcoming outside noise instead of trying to cancel it.
Google Assistant goes truly global, with multilingual support, Routines and deeper OEM integrations
Google is making an early MWC 2018 start, unveiling a whole bunch of Assistant upgrades, including new languages, Routines, and a dedicated Assistant Mobile OEM program.
Apple patent foreshadows whispering Siri capabilities for privacy protection
Siri could soon gain the ability to recognize whispers and whisper back in response to privacy-concerned users, according to a 2016 Apple patent filing.
Samsung reportedly wants its Bixby smart speaker to launch in H1 2018 at around $200
Reportedly put on hold a little while back, Samsung’s (not so) secret Bixby smart speaker project is advancing, eyeing for a launch in 2018’s first half.
Android TV
Nvidia Shield TV scores long-promised Google Assistant support, other Android TVs next
Google Assistant is adding Android TV set-top boxes and smart TVs to a list of voice-enhanced devices including phones, watches, speakers and headphones.
Amazon wants to put Alexa on a pair of normal-looking smart glasses next, rumor has it
Amazon’s consumer hardware ambitions could expand from tablets and smart speakers to smart glasses soon, all powered by the Alexa voice assistant.
Samsung Bixby
You can (partially) disable the Galaxy S8 and Note 8’s Bixby key now with no workarounds
Samsung is probably never going to allow official Bixby button remapping, but at least you no longer need tricks to limit accidental AI activations.
Microsoft and Amazon forge unlikely alliance to bring Cortana and Alexa skills together
Starting later this year, Amazon Echo users will be able to talk to Cortana through Alexa, with Microsoft’s voice assistant also supporting its arch-rival.
Samsung Bixby overview
Samsung finally expands Bixby voice support in 200+ countries globally… for English speakers
As long as you can speak fluent English (or Korean), you can now communicate with Bixby on the Galaxy S8 across more than 200 countries worldwide.
Facebook’s rumored hardware plans take a new turn with credible ‘video chat device’ speculation
Forget modular phones and trend-following smart speakers. Facebook may want to carve out a new niche for a dedicated video chat product of some sort.
Facebook’s first smart speaker could go for the Echo Show’s jugular with massive 15-inch screen
“Instead” of voice recognition functionality, Facebook’s rookie smart speaker effort is tipped to focus on a gargantuan 15-inch display.
The Rock teams up with Siri to ‘dominate the day’ in epic new commercial (Full video)
With Cortana, Google Assistant and Alexa rising fast, Siri stays in the limelight starring alongside The Rock in this “crazy fun commercial.”
Lenovo’s bold new AI-powered concepts include a virtual assistant, SmartVest and AR headset
Lenovo seems to think it can build a more interactive smart speaker than the Amazon Echo someday, as well as a “context aware virtual assistant.”
Samsung indefinitely delays Bixby China launch, smart speaker project also put on hold
Samsung’s Bixby digital assistant isn’t going many places after finally adding English voice support for the US, at least not according to new reports.
Samsung just bought a text-to-speech company to presumably help with its Bixby smart speaker
Samsung’s latest acquisition likely targets the progress of its Bixby assistant and an AI-powered smart speaker, which need all the help they can get.
Samsung kicks off Bixby Voice rollout for US Early Access Program members
Samsung’s half-baked Bixby digital assistant finally gains voice capabilities stateside, but only as part of an Early Access Program.