Google and Amazon are looking into adding phone call functionality for their respective smart speakers, Home and Echo. Looming privacy concerns associated with the functionality is reportedly stalling development, however.
Smart Home February 15, 2017
Amazon has confirmed that Tap, its only smart speaker without an always-on feature, will receive an update that gains it such a functionality. This means Tap owners won’t need to push a button anymore to activate Alexa.
Gadgets February 9, 2017
Sonos' John MacFarlane has already tendered his resignation after 14 years serving as the company's CEO. He will also relinquish his board seat, merely staying as a mentor for the company's employees.
Business Tech January 11, 2017
Lenovo has unveiled an Amazon Echo-like smart speaker called Lenovo Smart Assistant, which comes with Amazon's Alexa baked in. Lenovo's speaker is cheaper than the Echo, however, and it also offers a Harman Kardon edition for premium audio quality.
CES 2017 January 3, 2017
The Amazon Echo has completely sold out online and will not return in time for the holidays. There are still chances you can find it in physical stores, but stock runs out fast.
Gadgets December 20, 2016
Google Home got a slew of new conversation actions, allowing users to accomplish more by conversing with the smart speaker. Users can now order pizza, get the latest news, search WebMD, play trivia, get recipes and more.
Google December 17, 2016
The LingLong DingDong is the newest challenger to the Amazon Echo in the smart speaker industry. While it may have a funny-sounding name, it looks like it has what it takes to prove itself as a worthy rival.
Smart Home November 25, 2016
The dedicated marketplace for Amazon Alexa skills underscores the level of control that it provides users. The large number of available skills also highlights the range of Alexa's capabilities as a smart home assistant.
Smart Home November 7, 2016
It's been a long time coming, but the Amazon Echo finally has capable competition to keep it on its toes. Competition comes by way of Google Home, and in a few months, we could also see the rise of Apple's own smart speaker.
Smart Home November 4, 2016
It seems that Amazon Echo is in the crosshairs as a new rumor suggests that Apple could be preparing its very own smart speaker. Further rumors say Apple will soon make the Siri SDK available to developers.
Apple May 25, 2016
The Amazon Echo smart speaker with Alexa just became more widely available. Best Buy is now selling the Echo at $179.99 and should add the Amazon Tap later this month.
Gadgets April 5, 2016
The new Sonos smart speaker Play:5, which is now available for preorder, is a departure from the HiFi speaker company's previous aesthetic. It comes with an app that can tweak the speaker to optimize the acoustics in any room.
Gadgets October 29, 2015