Google Assistant coming to Sonos speakers in the U.S. next week
Sonos is ready to launch Google Assistant to its smart speakers. The feature is arriving next week and it will initially only be available in the U.S.
Qualcomm’s more power-efficient chip for smart speakers debuts
The semiconductors company is bringing out new silicon for what it calls the “second generation” of smart speakers. What does it entail?
Huawei totally takes over | IFA 2018 Daily: Day 1
A slew of announcement came from the Chinese tech giant today, but there are other wearables and phones to look out for from margin players.
Samsung makes the Bixby speaker known as Galaxy Home
It turned out that Samsung used 160 of these smart speakers to power the presentation at its venue. But sound isn’t the only asset this speaker has.
Google says Lenovo Smart Display now in stores
Putting a screen on a Google Home is just like putting one on an Echo speaker. It’s now available on store shelves and online.
More than a million people a month buy an Alexa speaker or Google Home
43 million adults in the US are now estimated to own at least one smart speaker. And people are using their smart speakers to buy more stuff.
Google Home, Pixel 2 XL and more are on sale
It’s a summer sale going on through July 17 Pacific Time and it involves smart speakers, over-the-top TV dongles and a whole lot more Google.
$20 BOGO discount for a pair of Google Home Mini speakers
Two Google Home Mini speakers used to cost $98. Then they cost $78. Now, they’re only going to cost $58. That matches the all-time low price on the smart speaker.
Google Home Mini goes $10 off list, while two-packs score $40 discounts
You have until May 13 to purchase a Google Home Mini smart speaker from the search giant’s US e-store at $39 instead of $49, or you can get two units in exchange for just $58.
Apple’s HomePod is in trouble, with weak sales so far and inventory ‘piling up’
If it wasn’t already abundantly clear, suppliers and analysts have confirmed Apple’s HomePod struggles in a Bloomberg report, with sales significantly below internal expectations.
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.
Amazon Echo products, Fire tablets on big discounts only today
Several popular Amazon items are 20 percent off or more today, March 22. Why? Amazon loves to keep that reputation up with its customers.
European Sony Xperia XZ2 pre-orders come with some valuable freebies
Early Sony Xperia XZ2 adopters in the UK can get a free PlayStation VR headset or PlayStation 4 console, while in Germany, you can choose from a list of five possible gifts.
Error -6722 stopping you from setting up your HomePod? Here’s what to do
Consider uninstalling and than reinstalling the Home app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. It might need a good refresh in its scenes and accessories.
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One of these companies has been taken to the wringer by the US government and itself. The other loses an executive, a sad yearly tradition. We discuss both on our show!
Apple settles for uncharacteristically low HomePod profit margins to score volume
If you thought the $349 HomePod was expensive, it turns out Apple spends a lot to make its first-ever smart speaker, which makes profit margins pretty thin.
Custom hot phrases allowed in future update to Google app
“Hey, Google,” “OK, Google,” “Yo, Google?” Perhaps soon enough with a roll-out of a new feature for Google Assistant to be updated through the Google app.
Apple HomePod pre-orders begin on Friday, long overdue launch set for February 9
Eager HomePod buyers can order Apple’s first ever smart speaker in the US, UK and Australia starting this Friday, January 26, ahead of a February 9 shipping start.
27 million in US own an Alexa speaker, NPR and Edison Research say
Surveys conducted by Edison Research and NPR say that 36 million adults in the US own a smart speaker powered by assistants from Google or Amazon. Alexa, presumably because of its two-year head start, has a big lead here.
Lenovo Smart Display and JBL Link View challenge Amazon’s Echo Show with Google Assistant
Four companies are officially partnering with Google on “smart displays” with integrated Google Assistant functionality, including Lenovo and JBL.
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There’s plenty of Samsung to go around this week, so we’ll talk about that, about Huawei and Honor and more with TK Bay on our show this week!
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.
High-end Google Home Max officially starts selling in the US at $399
Unveiled more than two months ago, the Apple HomePod-rivaling Google Home Max is finally up for grabs stateside, at least from Best Buy.
28 new countries around the world get Amazon Music Unlimited and Echo devices
You can stream your favorite tunes on Amazon Music Unlimited and have Echo smart speakers shipped to a bunch of new global territories.
Google pulls YouTube off Amazon devices again over Nest carriage
Retribution and attrition are both in this soup of conflict between Google and Amazon. And Fire TV users have reason to worry about YouTube.