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 […]

Google offers half price Netflix in new Chromecast bundle

Ahead of the holiday buying season, Google has partnered with Netflix to launch a bundle of its new Chromecast device and the streaming service. The new Chromecast with Google TV streaming device launched at the beginning of October with a RRP of US$49.99 as the first major iteration on the Chromecast range in seven years. […]

YouTube suffers major worldwide service outage

Google-owned video platform YouTube suffered a major outage on November 11, leaving users around the world unable to watch or upload content. Reports started to emerge on social media on Wednesday night that the service was down, before YouTube confirmed as much in a tweet at around 12:30am GMT. This was not just an issue […]

Technicolor partners with Google for Android TV hybrid device development

Technicolor has announced a partnership with Google to promote hybrid Android TV devices. The partnership, it said, is designed to accelerate the development and deployment of the Google Broadcast Stack software platform onto a wide array of customer premises equipment (CPE) and consumer electronics devices used to access video services. The development is a part […]

YouTube tightens moderation policy to ban Covid-19 vaccine misinformation

Google-owned video platform YouTube has tightened up its content moderation policies to remove videos with misinformation about Covid-19 vaccines. YouTube first launched its Covid-19 Medical Misinformation Policy earlier this year, when fake news stories about the virus were running rampant on the site, but the company has said that it will now actively remove videos […]

Smart home market to rebound in H2 after shaky Q2

The EMEA smart home market is expected to make a comeback in H2 2020 following a slump in the first half of the year. According to IDC, the smart home market declined by 7.2% in Q2 year-over-year, with the market accounting for 20.29 million shipments between April and June. Amazon and Google were the only […]

Google launches new Chromecast and Google TV 

Google has launched a new updated Chromecast device with a remote control and a new Google TV interface. The device is officially called Chromecast with Google TV, and serves as the range’s first major update in seven years. The biggest update is the inclusion of a remote controller – a long-requested feature and one which […]

YouTube launches mobile-focused Shorts in India

YouTube has launched YouTube Shorts, a new format aimed at creators of short mobile phone videos of 15 seconds or less, with a beta trial in India. YouTube said it was launching an early version of the product with a few creation tools to test the concept. Creation tools include a multi-segment camera feature to […]

Google’s Android TV stick likely to cost US$50

More information has leaked out about Google’s upcoming Android TV streaming device, with the latest reports suggesting that the product could cost as low as US$50. According to a shop listing spotted by 9to5Google, the product – currently dubbed Sabrina – has an RRP of US$49.99, putting it on a par with devices like Amazon’s […]

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