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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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