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Google Nest Hub Max: A new weapon in the smart home battle against Alexa

As expected, Google introduced a new 10-inch screen smart display at Google I/O. Google smart displays and speakers have now been rebranded under the Nest moniker. The rationale involves bringing the Google Home and Nest smart-home products together in the same group under the same brand, which makes complete sense. Cool hardware, clumsy branding. All …

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Walmart doubles down on voice grocery shopping with Google Home

Yesterday Walmart announced a simplified way for customers to order groceries using voice commands on any device that features the Google Assistant. That includes Google Home, Android devices and iPhones. The company said the capability will come to other platforms soon (read: Alexa). Update of an existing partnership. Though being treated as an entirely new announcement, …

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Report: 65 million US smart speaker owners, smart displays quickly gaining traction

Two recent reports agree that there are about 65 million smart speaker owners in the United States, with more than 130 million actual devices in use. The two reports come from Voicebot.ai and Edison Research and both extrapolate from survey data. Voicebot says that the average number of smart speakers per user grew from 1.8 in 2018 …

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Google rolls out ‘interpreter mode’ for Home and smart displays

Google Translate is now rolling out Google Home devices. The capability was first announced at this year’s CES. Since then, the company has been testing Translate on smart displays in various hotels in selected markets: Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco. Languages displayed side-by-side. Users of Google-powered smart displays or smart speakers can invoke interpreter mode …

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Survey: 118 million smart speakers in US, but expectation is low for future demand

The latest smart audio report from NPR and Edison Research estimates that there are now nearly 120 million smart speakers in U.S. homes, representing 78 percent year-over-year growth. However, the survey also found that nearly 70 percent of survey respondents were “not at all likely” to buy another device. Almost 120 million devices. Late last week Amazon …

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Why one marketer thinks smart speakers have their work cut out for them

Voice technology and voice search have, arguably, been adopted faster than any other technology in history. Analyst estimates on smart speaker penetration in the U.S. range from 40 to almost 80 million devices by the end of this year. Despite lots of hype and anticipation, these devices have not emerged yet as a viable marketing …

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Analyst: Amazon Echo owns 75 percent of global smart speaker market

Analyst firm Canalys says that global smart speaker shipments grew 137 percent year over year in the third quarter, reaching 19.7 million units. That was up from less than half that figure (8.3 million) a year ago. Roughly 75 million devices by year-end. The firm has projected 75 million devices “for the whole of 2018.” …

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Report: As Facebook portal goes on sale, smart speaker growth is slowing

Perhaps the novelty is fading. Smart speaker growth had been on a tear, but Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) now reports that growth is leveling off. Now 53 million devices. The firm’s latest survey and analysis argues there were 53 million smart speakers in US homes at the end of September. That’s up from 50 million in …

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Google expands Assistant device network, adds polyglot support

Google Assistant devices have an advantage over Echo in international markets. Seeking to capitalize and expand on that, the company is expanding multilingual support and announcing a raft of new partners. Among the laundry list of announcements, users will now be able to switch between languages interchangeably. Google calls this “a first-of-its-kind feature only available …

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Report says Google to launch own smart display in time for holidays

Out of more than 50 million Alexa devices sold, fewer than 500,000 have been the Echo Show, according to Canalys. That’s partly because the device fails to live up to the promise of a “smart speaker with a screen.” With the Echo Show as a reference point, the recently launched Lenovo Smart Display with Google …

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Who’s really winning the smart speaker market, Amazon or Google?

Earlier this week, Strategy Analytics released its Q2 global smart speaker shipments report. The data showed Amazon still as the global market leader, but with Google gaining, followed by Alibaba, Apple, JD.com and others. That report said there had been just under 12 million units shipped in the quarter and that Amazon maintained a 41 …

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