Google Home Mini devices can now be controlled using the built-in touch controls on the surface of their fabric. This feature was turned off in October after a user discovered a flaw that caused the fabric to trigger the buttons.
Smart Home December 9, 2017
The Google Home Mini crashes when it's playing songs at high volume, according to users. Google has acknowledge the issue and said that it's working on a fix.
Smart Home December 3, 2017
The Apple HomePod release date has been pushed back to early 2018. This means that the Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers will have one less competitor this holiday shopping season.
Apple November 19, 2017
Google has unveiled the Google Home Mini, and as a result, the Amazon Echo Dot just gained a notable competitor in the budget smart speakers game.
Google October 7, 2017
There’s a new smart speaker in town. Sonos just unveiled One, a $199 speaker that in addition to supporting Amazon Alexa right off the bat, will also include Google Assistant and Siri into the mix.
Smart Home October 5, 2017
The premiere episode of 'South Park' season 21 tackled the white nationalist movement that rocked Charlottesville, Virginia. To lighten the mood, the episode also triggered Amazon Echo and Google Home devices multiple times.
Smart Home September 16, 2017
Samsung has officially confirmed that it’s working on a smart speaker to rival Amazon, Google, and Apple. This device, with Bixby at the center, will focus on connecting smart home devices.
Gadgets August 24, 2017
Now through Sept. 4, Amazon will offer all its main Echo smart speakers at discounted prices. Could this be an indication that the next-generation Echo devices are on the way?
Gadgets August 22, 2017
Facebook will reportedly join the ranks of Amazon, Apple, and Google by potentially releasing new hardware devices. Built from its Building 8 lab, Facebook plans to unveil a video chat device and a smart speaker, both with AI capabilities.
Gadgets August 2, 2017
Amazon is reportedly working on the Amazon Echo 2, an updated version of the company's Alexa-powered smart speaker that will look and sound better than the original. The Google Home and the Apple HomePod should definitely be worried.
Smart Home July 13, 2017
A smart speaker helped break up a domestic violence case by calling the authorities. The always-listening feature of these devices may be considered as invasion of privacy, but in this instance, it may have saved a life.
Google July 10, 2017
The certified refurbished Amazon Tap is now available at just $69.99, part of Amazon's run-up deals to Prime Day 2017. Certified refurbished means that it's as good as new and $69.99 is the lowest price yet, but it’s a today-only offer.
Gadgets July 6, 2017
Samsung has further delayed the release of the English version of its digital assistant Bixby, which was supposed to launch alongside the Galaxy S8. The challenges, meanwhile, have jeopardized the company's plans for a Bixby-powered smart speaker.
Apps/Software July 5, 2017
Amazon has knocked $50 off the price of the Echo speaker, but it's a limited-time offer. The deal is only good for Monday, June 26.
Gadgets June 26, 2017
A poll conducted by Morning Consult has revealed that shoppers consider price as the most important factor in smart speakers. In other words, Apple's HomePod will be facing more than just a tough competition.
Smart Home June 15, 2017
A report from South Korea claims that Samsung is working on a smart speaker powered by its own digital assistant Bixby. Will it succeed against the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple HomePod?
Smart Home June 7, 2017
Apple has finally announced its Google Home and Amazon Echo competitor at WWDC, called the HomePod. The music-focused smart speaker, however, won’t be available just yet.
Smart Home June 5, 2017
Google Home users experienced a widespread glitch, which prevented them from issuing voice commands to the Assistant. Google representatives assured the smart speakers' users they were looking into the matter.
Google June 5, 2017
Apple has now started manufacturing Siri smart speakers, tipped for a WWDC unveiling early June, according to new reports. Apple will reportedly focus on making the device stand out in terms of high-quality audio, among other features.
Apple June 1, 2017
Google Home is turning into a true productivity powerhouse with the latest updates announced at Google I/O. Amazon Echo now has a truly fierce competitor, so here’s all you need to know about the latest Google Home power features.
Gadgets May 19, 2017
Trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a new report, listing his expectations for Apple's upcoming WWDC 2017 event set for early next month. The analyst says Apple will likely unveil the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, as well as a touchscreen-equipped Siri speaker.
Apple May 15, 2017
The new Alexa Calling on the Amazon Echo allows users to make and receive voice calls over the internet. The feature, however, has no way to block unwanted calls, presenting a serious breach of privacy.
Smart Home May 15, 2017
Amazon has officially introduced its latest smart speaker, the Echo Show equipped with a 7-inch touch screen. The gadget is up for preorder now and will start shipping next month, and here's what it can do.
Gadgets May 9, 2017
Amazon may unveil a new model for the Amazon Echo as soon as Tuesday, May 9. The new Amazon Echo, which will come with a 7-inch touchscreen and video calling support, will reportedly carry a price tag of more than $200.
Smart Home May 8, 2017
Apple executive Phil Schiller mocked the Amazon Echo and Google Home before hinting that the upcoming Siri smart speaker will have a screen. The company's pending entry into the smart speaker market has suddenly become even more interesting.
Apple May 7, 2017
A new version of the Amazon Echo with a built-in camera and touch screen is expected to be unveiled this month. Discovered images provide a first look at the device, which is also expected to come with improved speakers.
Smart Home May 6, 2017
According to rumors, Apple is planning to unveil a Siri-powered smart speaker at the upcoming WWDC. More details on the device have emerged, including premium parts that will make it more expensive than the Amazon Echo.
Apple May 2, 2017
According to rumors, Apple is planning to unveil a Siri-powered smart speaker at this year's Worldwide Developer Conference. What will the device look like, and will it be a worthy challenger to the Amazon Echo and Google Home?
Apple May 1, 2017
More people are jumping into the smart speaker trend lately, and if you’re about to become one of them, you better know what you’re choices are. So should you pick Amazon Echo or Google Home?
Gadgets April 22, 2017
Google Home has finally added one of the most requested features: multi-user support. Here's how to add multiple users and manage accounts on the Google Home smart speaker.
Google April 21, 2017
The next-gen Google Home smart speaker could come with a Wi-Fi router and mesh networking ability. Google may add these features in a bid to outsell Amazon's Echo, which has dominated the market till now.
Internet April 6, 2017
Owners of Google’s smart speaker, Home, have reported hearing it play ads for 'Beauty and the Beast,' many of which found intrusive. Google, however, says the ads were simply timely content.
Smart Home March 16, 2017
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