Today Microsoft took the final step towards scrapping its mobile app Cortana for Android and iOS. The AI-powered assistant is being repurposed for use as a productivity assistant instead.
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Included in Amazon's Deal of the Day are a couple of Echo Show devices on offer. Save up to $74 on an Echo Show 5 bundle with 3 months of Amazon Kids+, and $50 on an Echo Show 8 on Amazon.
Samsung has announced an array of improvements to its Bixby digital assistant, such as UI changes for its app and newly-added support for the company's desktop-like interface, DeX.
After rolling out to Samsung's smart TVs in the U.S. last month, Google Assistant has started arriving for those TV models in the UK, France, Germany, and Italy. It's also coming to more countries.
Amazon has beefed up machine learning in its voice assistant, making it able to predict "latent goals" that aren't explicitly asked. The feature is presently available in English to U.S. users.
Amazon is rolling out a bunch of new Alexa features in the next few months meant to help customers connect with distant family members or secure your home while you're away, among other capabilities.
Amazon now lets you share your Alexa Routines with anyone, provided you're living in the U.S. You can turn your Routines into shareable links that you can send via text, email, or social media.
Google announced today a new feature that will let you send donations to any cause that matters to you through Assistant, starting with the nonprofit group Center for Policing Equity.
Amazon has introduced a fresh look for Alexa's mobile app, putting its frequently used features such as the dedicated button front and center. The update will be available to everyone by late August.
Amazon has launched a developer preview for a new Alexa feature called Alexa for Apps. It basically allows users to open an Android or iOS app using voice commands and trigger certain app activity.
Microsoft has announced that its Chinese chatbot, Xiaoice, is getting spun off into a separate company. Harry Shum, who led Microsoft's AI efforts until recently, will be the company's chairman.
Netflix for Android has recently received an update that introduces support for Samsung's Bixby Voice. The feature is part of a partnership between Samsung and Netflix unveiled in February.
Amazon has added new skills to Alexa that will benefit users on the go or are planning to travel. The digital assistant now lets you ask for traffic updates, weather alerts, and more.
Amazon is rolling out support for the Spanish language on Echo and Alexa Built-in devices in the U.S. In addition, users can now access the multi-lingual mode on supported smart speakers.
BBC will release its own voice assistant called "Beeb" in 2020 with the goal of helping consumers interact with its content and select programs. It will also be made to learn British accents.
Microsoft's latest patent showcases an ambient capture device which includes a fisheye camera and a microphone array. This system features much less complex design compared to similar tech today.
Microsoft's latest patent showcases the idea of a quick task system to enable users to efficiently respond to tasks. This system is noted to be well-suited to integration with digital assistants.
The new feature has been spotted on Pixel 3 handsets running Android Pie, though it shouldn't only be limited to Pixel phones in the future. There's no confirmation regarding a wider release for now.
Samsung has launched the Bixby Marketplace in the U.S. and South Korea, allowing third-party developers to offer their services to consumers with the goal of customizing their Bixby experience.
The newly patented travel diary system will be able to generate an automatically created travel diary for users, complete with personalized sentences and an interactive graphical interface.
UNESCO has published a new report which highlights concerns over to the use of female voices for digital assistants by default. It has published issues and recommendations for addressing them.
Facebook has confirmed that it is exploring technologies for an AI-enabled digital assistant that may work with its AR and VR devices including Oculus, Portal, and future products.
Logitech's Alexa-enabled Harmony Express voice remote lets you control your home entertainment devices and perform other tasks using only your voice. The remote is available for purchase from $250.
A recently published patent by Microsoft hints towards the possibility of native voice input through digital assistants being integrated with third-party applications in the future.
Google will be working with many partners to incorporate a dedicated Assistant button into over 100 million mobile devices this year, with the likes of Xiaomi, LG and Nokia already on board.
The new iOS 12.2 beta includes a hint about the arrival of "Hey Siri" support on the next generation of AirPods. The current AirPods only work with Siri when you double-tap one of the earbuds.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed the company's plan to turn Cortana into an Alexa skill or app for third-party platforms. Additionally, Nadella wants to combine Cortana with Google Assistant.
Microsoft will reportedly allow users to have their important emails in Outlook read back to them through Cortana. There's no exact ETA for that feature, but it'll possibly arrive soon.
If you're annoyed by the integration of Cortana and Windows Search in the taskbar, you might be pleased to know that Microsoft could be working on separating the two in Windows 10 19H1.
As previously announced, Samsung's smart digital assistant, Bixby, is being opened up so that third-party developers can build integrations for their services or build Bixby into their devices.
Honor has recently been flooding various media channels with content about its upcoming Magic 2 handset. A new video has been published, showing off the phone and teasing its YoYo digital assistant.
Microsoft is rumored to be reorganizing the company once again by transitioning Cortana to the Office division from the AI group. Harry Shum, Microsoft's AI chief, is also reportedly leaving.
A new report unearths some of the online retailer's plans for its Alexa digital assistant, with at least eight new smart devices including an amplifier, a microwave, and an in-car gadget.
Samsung's rather unpopular digital assistant could be getting ready to be more useful in the near future, thanks to an upcoming update that will allow developers to create apps for it.
It's been almost a year since Microsoft and Amazon announced that their digital assistants will be able to work together, but as of today, users can begin using the new integrations.
Amazon is rolling out a new feature to Alexa-enabled devices, which will allow users to be notified when the digital assistant learns the answer to a question she was unable to answer before.
Google Assistant is now rolling out to the compatible models of Sony's 4K Android TVs in the U.K. such as the AF8, XF90, XF85, XF80, and XF75 series. The release is expected to complete this month.
A recent survey has suggested that Cortana will be dominating the enterprise market within the next two years. More than 85% of businesses are expected to adopt voice assistants by that time.
A new report shows evidence Microsoft is working to bring better support for digital assistants on the Xbox One, including bringing Alexa and Google Assistant to its gaming console.
According to a new report, Microsoft is "repositioning" Cortana as a productivity assistant rather than a digital one, by integrating it seamlessly with other Windows features such as Timeline.