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?
Samsung demonstrates Infinity Flex Display with One UI
That foldable Galaxy smartphone will be coming fast and furious at us, but before that, let’s get to know the display that will be on it.
The Alexa microwave and all the other new Echo products from Amazon’s show
A myriad of speakers, plug-ins and other smart home appliances were shown off as Amazon slams hardware down for the fall season.
Software update could finally let Galaxy Note 9 owners kill Bixby key
A software update could be coming within September to allow Galaxy Note 9 users to not get so frustrated if they accidentally press the Bixby key.
LG TONE Bluetooth headsets updated with Google Assistant
Google Assistant comes to this series of Bluetooth headsets while a more affordable version with external speakers is also on the way.
Saint Louis University is placing Echo Dots in all of its dorm rooms
If you’re going to SLU, get used to hearing Alexa. A lot. If you want to opt out, all you do is unplug the device, finish the year and return the Echo Dot.
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.
$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 Assistant voices, Google Photos Color Pop now available
A slate of new Google features are rolling out to consumers for use at their leisure. Except for Color Pop. You’ll learn why.
LG G7 ThinQ brings more noise, more screen, more AI
The speakers sound like a Boombox, the screen is actually a Super Bright Display and the AI CAM is more intelligent than ever before. LG officially makes the hard sell to consumers on the LG G7 ThinQ.
Spotify Car Player caught in Reddit thread from January
Seems like Spotify likes not only to test its marketing apparatuses out, but tease our minds with new hardware that it has wanted to put out.
Amazon Alexa now calling and texting on Fire, Android and iOS tablets
Perhaps the one thing your phone didn’t need was another way to text and call people. But maybe that’s where your tablet and Alexa can kick in.
Huawei developing own AI assistant to supplant Alexa, Google Assistant
There’s been code dug up to show that this effort will primarily focus on China, where the market has been more muddled and untapped by behemoths Google and Amazon.
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.
Nest Cam IQ with Google Assistant launched along with cheaper Nest Aware plan
Basically, this move could obviate the need for a Google Home speaker, unless users actually want decent speakers. Also, more flexibility for more features.
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.
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.
It’s raining Harman Kardon and JBL speakers and headphones at CES 2018
Made by Samsung subsidiary Harman International, the Allure Portable speaker, JBL Everest series of headphones, Reflect Mini 2, Contour 2, Endurance family and JBL GO 2 are invading CES 2018.
Echo Buttons are the buzzers you need for games with Alexa
Trivia night at the bar may get a revamp if this gets popular. Echo Buttons will work with most any Echo speaker from Amazon.
Google Assistant not listening to Bluetooth headset on Pixel 2
Setting up Google Assistant’s hot phrase detection on a Bluetooth earpiece does not seem to produce the results that Pixel 2 users would like to hear.
Google APK code could hint at Echo Show mimic, Google Home UI update
A smart speaker with a touchscreen from Google may run right up against Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show. But what’s “Quartz?”
Samsung confirms that Canada will get Bixby Voice “soon”
But will it get both English and French languages fit for Canada or will the country’s Galaxy S8 users get stuck with a global Bixby Voice template?
Alibaba’s Tmall Genie is the latest China-only Amazon Echo copycat, and it’s extra-cheap
China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba has taken the wraps off a domestic-focused smart speaker inspired by the Echo, dubbed Tmall Genie.
Microsoft signs HP and Intel to help with Cortana devices, AI’s Skills Kit now open to more devs
Forget the Surface Pro 5 or Windows phones. Microsoft seems fully committed to make Cortana its next big thing, with public skills and HP devices.
Samsung Bixby
Samsung bills Bixby as more than a voice assistant, with Vision and Home services also in tow
On paper at least, Samsung’s Bixby “intelligent interface” for the Galaxy S8 looks far more versatile than Siri or even the Google Assistant.