Smart Speaker

Chinese Search Giant Baidu Overtakes Google to Become No. 2 Smart Speaker Company: Canalys

Google has dropped to third place in the global smart speaker market, losing its number two spot to Chinese tech company Baidu, which sold a significant number of speakers to customers in its sole market of China. [caption id="attachment_303158" align="aligncenter" width="2144"] Baidu Xaiodu[/caption] The Chinese technology giant entered the affordable smart speaker market last June when...

Smart Speaker Test Finds Apple’s HomePod with Siri in Last Place

While Apple's HomePod is supposedly the "best sounding" smart speaker on the market, its underlying AI assistant, Siri, failed dramatically in a test against Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana. Loop Ventures' Gene Munster put the HomePod to a test with 782 different queries. While Siri actually understood 99.4 percent of them, it was...

Apple’s HomePod Seen in California and China Ahead of December Launch

Official details of the Apple HomePod remain under wraps for now, but Apple’s upcoming smart speaker may have already been spotted in the wild. According to a new report from 9to5Mac, versions of the hotly anticipated Siri-equipped speaker appear to be in testing by employees in the U.S., while one Instagram user seems to have snagged a unit in...

Sonos to Unveil its First Smart Speaker on October 4th

Yesterday, it was reported that a recent FCC filing by Sonos has revealed the company may soon release a speaker with a mic and built-in voice control assistant and today, Sonos has sent out invites for an event in NYC on October 4, which according to TechCrunch, is where the company will unveil its first ever smart...

Sonos Developing Voice-Controlled Speaker, Possibly with Alexa

A recent FCC filing by Sonos discovered by Dave Zatz suggests that the company may soon release a speaker with a mic and built-in voice control assistant. According to TechCrunch, the filing seeks approval from the U.S. Government to sell a speaker that features “integrated voice control functionality with far field microphones” and “multiple voice platforms”, possibly with...

Samsung Confirms Smart Speaker Plans to Rival Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo

A Samsung executive today confirmed that the company is indeed developing its own smart connected speaker, similar to Google Home and the Amazon Echo family of devices. DJ Koh, the president of Samsung's mobile division, told CNBC that the company is working on a smart speaker, and said that the company may announce it "soon." "Maybe soon we will announce it....

Samsung Reportedly Developing Bixby-Powered AI Speaker, Too: WSJ

Samsung is joining the likes of Amazon and Google’s play for the living room by developing a smart speaker — despite not really having voice-activated technology ready yet. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, the South Korean hardware maker is integrating its Bixby assistant into a voice-activated device. Samsung has been working on the new...

Inventec Reportedly Lands Orders from Apple for ‘Smart Speaker’ [DigiTimes]

Last week, new details about Apple’s rumoured Amazon Echo-like smart speaker’s possible design and features emerged on the web, with predictions of the Siri / Airplay-compatible device being unveiled at next month’s WWDC event. Now, a new report by Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN) has claimed that Taiwan-based OEM Inventec has landed orders from Apple to...

Apple May Launch its Smart Speaker With Siri, AirPlay at WWDC 2017

Reputed Australian leaker Sonny Dickson has just shared some new details about Apple's rumoured Echo-like smart speaker's possible design and features with MacRumors, claiming that the iPhone maker is in the process of finalizing the product’s design, which is internally codenamed B238. "It is believed to carry some form of Beats technology," Dickson said, while adding that it...