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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, netgem.tv 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 netgem.tv, go to BBC One”. Instead users can say “Alexa, go to BBC One”. The skill for […]

Alexa to launch on LG TVs

Amazon Alexa, the AI assistant that launched with the Amazon Echo smart speaker in 2015, will be available on LG Smart TVs in North America later in May. The update will come to sets in Europe and Asia at a later date. It was previously announced in January that Alexa would come to ThinQ AI […]

BBC R&D launches new interactive drama for Amazon Alexa

BBC Research and Development has launched a new interactive drama for Amazon Alexa, based on English novelist BS Johnson’s experimental 1969 work The Unfortunates. The drama is a reworked version of a BBC Radio 3 play starring Martin Freeman and listeners can access it for free by asking Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant to ‘enable The Unfortunates’. It […]

Netgem TV launched in UK with Freeview Play and Amazon

Netgem has launched its Netgem TV offering in the UK, featuring content from partners including Freeview Play and Amazon Prime Video. Netgem TV, which aggregates a range of content, providing access to ‘skinny bundling’ offerings and other services, is currently available on Netgem’s own branded devices, including its recently launched SoundBox device. In addition to […]

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