Amazon launches ‘best Fire TV streaming media player yet’

Amazon has revealed a pair of product upgrades to its streaming devices. The largest of the upgrades comes with the third generation Fire TV Cube. Described by the company as “Amazon’s best Fire TV streaming media player yet”, the latest Cube features a new octa-core 2.0 GHz processor that makes it 20% more powerful than […]

Orange Spain claims leading position in voice with Amazon Alexa integration

Orange Spain has integrated Amazon Alexa with its TV service to enable users to control the service using voice commands. Orange said the move made it the only operator in Spain to enable subscribers to control the TV using any device that has Amazon Alexa integrated. The move is the latest voice control initiative by […]

LG integrates Alexa with third-party webOS TVs

LG has announced the integration of Amazon’s Alexa AI smart assistant with LG webOS on third-party smart TVs. This is the latest development for LG’s webOS since the company began licensing its smart TV OS to third-party TV makers earlier this year. Brands including Advance, Blaupunkt, Eko, JSW, Manta, Polaroid, RCA, Seiki and Skytech as […]

Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Google reportedly looking to add Chromecast integration to Nest smart speakers

Google is reportedly working on integrating its Nest Audio smart speakers with its Chromecast streaming devices. In a comment made to The Wall Street Journal for a feature on smart speakers, a Google spokesperson said that the company is looking to integrate its smart home devices, though they did not specifically mention which products. It […]

BBC lifts lid on Beeb voice assistant

British pubcaster the BBC has revealed more details of its ‘Beeb’ voice assistant, including a public trial. News had been quiet about the AI helper since its initial announcement in August 2019, with some details revealed the following month. Now, the broadcaster has said that it will start testing it publicly as a beta to […]

Amazon adds Brazilian Portuguese to Alexa, launches Echo products in Brazil

Amazon has announced the expansion of its Alexa AI assistant to Brazil with the introduction of Brazilian Portuguese. The company will also bring its Echo Dot and Echo Show 5 smart speakers to the country on October 8, followed by the launch of Amazon Echo on November 8. This is part of a significant move into Brazil […]

Vizio improves Alexa functionality

Budget TV maker Vizio has announced additional support for Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant across its SmartCast TV range.  Previous Alexa capabilities available allowed viewers to perform basic functions such as powering their TVs on or off, changing inputs and playing or pausing video via a nearby Amazon Echo device. The new update allows more content-focused […]

BBC unveils plan for Alexa-rivalling Beeb voice assistant

The BBC is developing a voice assistant to rival Amazon’s Alexa, the broadcaster has revealed. The public service voice assistant – which is being developed with the working title ‘Beeb’ – has been created by an in-house team. It will launch next year and will understand British regional accents – a common problem for voice […]

Netgem integrates Amazon Alexa Skills

Internet TV streaming service, has announced the integration of the Amazon Alexa Video Skill APIs into its TV boxes. For users in practical terms this implementation now means that they no longer need to ask “Alexa, open, go to BBC One”. Instead users can say “Alexa, go to BBC One”. The skill for […]

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