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  • Google Home now works with Spotify free accounts

    Google Home now works with Spotify free accounts

    For all the talk of how voice assistants could be the future of IoT or computing in general, the only consistently engaging use of home assistants like Echo or Google Home seems to be audio playback. Today, Google is making it a bit easier for the cheapos to get in on the action, as it’s beginning to roll out support for Spotify free accounts on its Home platform. Read More

  • You can now make free phone calls with your Google Home

    You can now make free phone calls with your Google Home

    Remember back in May, when Google announced plans to let people make free phone calls through the Google Home? That feature is rolling out starting today (alas, only for folks in U.S./Canada). Say something like, “OK Google, call the nearest sandwich shop,” and it’ll connect the dots and help you get your grub. Or, if you give Google Home access to your contacts, you can… Read More

  • Google Home users will (soon?) be able to try new features early if they know where to look

    Google Home users will (soon?) be able to try new features early if they know where to look

    If you own a Google Home, you’re already on the cutting-edge of future-dwelling space astronauts who can shout things at their house and have it respond. Want to be even more cutting-edge? Though it hasn’t been formally announced, it looks like Google is working on a Google Home preview program that’ll grant early access to upcoming Home features to those who opt in. Read More

  • Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew

    Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew

    Siri remains the most popular virtual assistant with 41.4 million monthly active users in the U.S., according to a new report from measurement firm Verto Analytics out this morning, but it has seen a 15 percent decline since last year – or 7.3 million monthly users. In addition, the study found that engagement with Siri has also dropped by nearly half during this period, from 21 percent… Read More

  • Amazon’s Alexa passes 15,000 skills, up from 10,000 in February

    Amazon’s Alexa passes 15,000 skills, up from 10,000 in February

    Amazon’s Alexa voice platform has now passed 15,000 skills — the voice-powered apps that run on devices like the Echo speaker, Echo Dot, newer Echo Show and others. The figure is up from the 10,000 skills Amazon officially announced back in February, which had then represented a 3x increase from September. Read More

  • Adobe: Echo Dot now leads voice speaker sales

    Adobe: Echo Dot now leads voice speaker sales

    In the nascent connected speaker market, consumers appear to be gravitating toward the more affordably priced Amazon Echo Dot, according to new e-commerce sales data released this morning by Adobe. Overall, Adobe’s report paints a picture of a respectable market for voice devices, but one it says is “not massive” yet, adding that the devices are “not quite a… Read More

  • How Google could fire up its smart home play

    How Google could fire up its smart home play

    When it was unveiled at last year’s I/O, Home felt like little more than Google’s attempt to cash in on the Echo’s success. And the intervening year hasn’t done a lot to dispel that notion. The company announced additions to Home and Assistant at this year’s event to try to pull even with Amazon’s lead, but the whole Google Home offering still feels ambling… Read More

  • Google Home now available for pre-order in Canada

    Google Home now available for pre-order in Canada

    Google Home is now available to pre-order for Canadians. Google had announced at I/O this year that it would be coming to the country this summer, but now the smart home speaker with Google Assistant built-in is available on Google’s own online store, as well as at retail partners including Best Buy. In Canada, Google Home is selling for $179.00 CDN, which is actually pretty much in… Read More

  • Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without coding

    Sayspring raises $1.5M for software that lets designers prototype and test voice apps without coding

    Sayspring, a startup that enables designers to create voice-enabled apps without code ahead of handing over projects to development, has just raised $1.5 million in funding for its efforts, the company is announcing today. The round was led by Compound (formerly Metamorphic Ventures), with participation from strategic angels including Scott Belsky, Alan Chung, and Peter Stern. The startup… Read More