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Smart speakers, smartphone shipments heading in opposite directions

According to analyst firm Canalys, global smart speaker shipments grew 131% year over year. China is now the fastest-growing smart speaker market in the world, overtaking the U.S. in the first quarter of 2019. Smartphone growth by comparison, declined by 18% in the North American market. Amazon grows its overall lead, China accelerates. Amazon remained …

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Searching for facts, directions, local businesses are top digital assistant use cases, says survey

Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of smartphone owners are using digital assistants, according to a new report from Microsoft. The findings are based on two surveys – one from mid-2018 that includes an international sample, and a 2019 follow-up involving 5,000 U.S. consumers. The study also found that 35 percent of the survey population had used …

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Survey: 88 percent seek driving directions after a local voice search

Ninety percent of smartphone owners use their device’s virtual assistant. That’s according to a new survey (n=1,000) and report from reputation management and local SEO provider Chatmeter. Forty percent seeking local information. The survey also finds that roughly 40 percent of consumers “use voice search to ask for directions, an address or business hours for …

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“I’m Being Pulled in Too Many Directions!” — How to Thrive as an Entrepreneur

Do you have numerous forces pulling you in multiple directions? Are you spread too thin to cover your bases? Is this all part of being an entrepreneur? As business owners and go-getters, we often have many demands on our time and energy. A fair amount of these are usually self-imposed. It can be draining, derailing …

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Google My Business updates the directions heatmap in Insights reporting

Google My Business has updated the Insights analytics tool within Google My Business to let business owners see a heatmap of locations from which searchers request directions to their businesses. Allyson Wright, the community manager for Google My Business, announced that Google has “made some changes to your directions heatmap.” Specifically, the new directions heatmap …

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Google Maps for iOS catches up with Android version, adds driving directions, transit info & explore nearby

Google announced that they are bringing the same style of “one-tap access” they introduced a year ago on Android to iOS users today. With the updated Google Maps app for iOS, you will now have quicker access to explore nearby venues and information, driving directions and transit and commuter information — all in real time. …

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