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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.
Google Assistant's Snapshot feature gets an update two years after its release. It now gives a daily summary of the user's day, along with personalized recommendations based on search history.
A teardown of the latest Fitbit app for Android points to the company bringing Google Assistant integration to either the Versa 2 or its future wearables. The Versa 2 already has Alexa support.
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.
Amazon and the NHS have teamed up to deliver NHS-verified advice to Amazon Alexa users. This will help take the pressure off the NHS and give users reliable information to treat ailments.
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.
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.
Microsoft has filed a patent for silent voice commands, which should ease some of the social awkwardness of using a voice assistant like Cortana or Amazon's Alexa in public places.
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.
Evidence has surfaced that Amazon understands that Alexa may talk too much, which can be inefficient and annoying for some. The online retail giant now appears to be addressing this verbosity.
Google Assistant is getting into everything these days, and the latest integration will make the satellite TV service a hands-free experience for its users beginning in the first half of the year.
Smart technology in the home is becoming more prevalent, from entertainment to security to comfort. Now it appears to be coming to one of the more private spaces, the home of your porcelain throne.
Amazon has added it's Alexa voice assistant to it's mobile Amazon Music app. The assistant can understand a series of flexible commands which users can say to find any music they want to listen to.
According to a commit made to the Chromium repository, Google is deprecating the 'OK Google' hotword detection from Chrome OS; reports of Google Assistant coming to the platform have also emerged.
Samsung is finally launching Bixby in the United States for owners of the Galaxy S8 and S8+. Samsung's voice assistant was initially meant to launch with the two phones in the US, but suffered delays.
The Tmall Genie, Alibaba's digital smart speaker powered by the AliGenie voice assistant, is launching in a limited beta on July 17 for ¥499 ($73.39) with general availability slated for August 8.
Amazon is expected to launch its digital assistant, Alexa, and devices from its Echo lineup, in India later this year, with multi-lingual support for prominent Indian languages coming after launch.
AI-based voice assistants and devices are being developed by Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Apple and others in a competition for early market share. But an open source alternative is also in the making.
The world's third largest smartphone vendor, Huawei, is said to be working on its very own voice assistant. It is currently in its early development stages, and will be aimed at the Chinese market.
After multiple delays, Sony's Xperia Ear smart earbuds will launch in the US on December 13 for $199. Key features include Sony Voice Control integration and a whole array of proximity sensors.