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Streaming service synergy is one key thing that puts HomePod ahead of other smart speakers out there. Both Google and Amazon have their own streaming options and that ridicules their ability to compete reasonably. It looks like they are now creating room for third-parties to seize the opportunity while they climb to make the list of complete smart speakers. Amazon recently introduced Music Skill API and that has given birth to a new offering to its arsenal – Tidal Amazon Echo – in less than two weeks. Tidal is now available on Echo d...
The market for speakers powered by digital voice assistant and AI technology is booming. Nearly 16.8 million units of smart speakers were shipped in the second quarter of 2018, up from 9 million in Q1, as per the recent Canalys report. This accounts for nearly 187 percent growth rate. The smart speaker is undoubtedly the breakthrough gadget of the 21st century. Google Home with a 32.3% share is leading the charts consecutively in the second quarter. With a monopoly reign till 2017, Amazon’s Echo (24.5%) is sitting close to the leader...
Smart Speakers concept is gradually gaining popularity in the USA and the world afar. While introducing Amazon Echo to the American market in 2015, Amazon.com pioneered this niche technology. The online retail giant has dominated the smart speaker market from then. Amazon Echo seemed to be way ahead than its competitors, Google Home and Apple HomePod, but not until the beginning of 2018. A research firm Canalys has released a report titled Smart Speaker Analysis. The report does not talk about the overall sales revenue but only the q...
Since the release of Apple's HomePod smart speaker in January, the sales have been on a tremendous shrinking trend. This is quite different from high anticipation that the smart speaker would win a large portion of the market, speculating from its initial sales record and pre-orders. A recent forecast from its lowered sales late March has already forced Apple to reduce its orders with the manufacturer. Although highly publicized as a revolutionary sound piece, Apple HomePod sales have been overshadowed by Amazon’s Echo lineup of Alex...
After so many months of rumors, it is finally expected that Apple’s highly speculated Siri-based home hub and smart speaker will be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). The WWDC is scheduled for June 5 to June 9. This news comes from the reliable Apple analyst of KGI Securities, Ming-Chi Kuo. This much-awaited rival of the Amazon Echo, Apple Siri Speaker has seen many rounds of the rumor mill, but according to the reports, this time it is for real. An Apple leaker Sonny Dickson also believes that the Cuperti...
IN BRIEF: Amazon.com Inc. and Pandora Media Inc. are set to launch new versions of their music streaming services in coming weeks. Both the companies are planning to take on incumbent players like Spotify and Apple Music, by charging as less as $5/month. The New York Times reports that Pandora’s service is set to launch first. Possible features include skipping more songs or storing several hours of playlists. Pandora is planning to launch a versatile on-demand platform by Christmas. Pandora’s music streaming service will be priced a...
Since the search engine giant has introduced Google Home in its I/O 2016 conference, we are hearing a lot of comparisons to decide which is better in Google Home vs. Amazon Echo. Well, Google Home is intended to compete against Amazon’s widely popular smart speaker, so it is obvious people want to know which one is worth buying. So, here begins the battle of the smart speakers: Google Home vs. Amazon Echo. Design Both the speakers are cylindrically shaped. Amazon’s Echo comes in a matte black finish and is much taller than Goog...
The tagline on the official website of IndieGoGo says, ‘Alexa, Say Hello to CoWatch.’ Finally two long years after its release, Amazon Alexa is taking a leap beyond Amazon Devices. Very soon, you’ll be able to ask various sorts of questions to voice assistant, Amazon Alexa, from IndieGoGo-powered, CoWatch. It is the latest smartwatch, which looks forward to competing with Android and Apple Wearable devices. CoWatch Specs The wearable smart device runs on Cronologics operating system, which is based on Android. The wearable shoul...
It seems that Amazon has planned to collaborate with SmartThings to power different home automation specifications with the Amazon Echo, a personal assistant device that is voice-powered. According to a Google website of the SmartThings, Amazon Echo will very soon be able to power SmartThings suited devices in the home via simple shout-out. This involves non-SmartThings varieties that are plugged into a Power Outlet of SmartThings, as well as lights and switches from the company. Recently a software development kit (SDK) has bee...