A bumper edition of the Voice Search Babble covering news in Voice Search for the past two months. A slightly different format for volume seven – splitting the news into four categories.

Industry Stats

Report claims that 16% of adults in the US own Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Home – https://www.forbes.com/sites/kevinmurnane/2018/01/13/report-claims-that-16-of-adults-in-the-us-own-amazons-echo-or-googles-home/

Use of Voice Search in public on the rise, according to 2018 study – https://www.searchenginejournal.com/use-voice-search-public-rise-according-2018-study/233883/

Google Home is catching up with Amazon Echo with 31% marketshare and huge holiday sales –
https://9to5google.com/2018/01/26/google-home-catching-up-amazon-echo/

Google

Google Home can link to specific Netflix profiles based on your voice – https://www.androidcentral.com/google-home-can-link-specific-netflix-profiles-based-your-voice

Google Home will now read your audiobooks to you – https://www.techrepublic.com/article/google-home-will-now-read-your-audiobooks-to-you/

Google Home Mini 2 release date and specification rumours – https://www.techadvisor.co.uk/new-product/digital-home/google-home-mini-2-3671249/

Soon you won’t have to say ‘Hey Google’ to launch Google Assistant – https://lifehacker.com/soon-you-wont-have-to-say-hey-google-to-launch-google-a-1822563826 

Google Search results to give ‘diverse’ answers – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42886944

How to sleep easier with Google Home’s white noise feature – https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/5/16973646/google-home-white-noise-ambient-sounds-how-to

The next version of Kodi will offer Google Assistant integration – https://www.techradar.com/news/the-next-version-of-kodi-will-offer-built-in-google-assistant

Alexa Amazon

Firm hopes to extend its market dominance further as Alexa-powered, 2.5in-screened smart speaker comes to UK – https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/16/echo-spot-amazon-smart-speaker-alexa-clock

Amazon Echo goes on sale in Australia and New Zealand next month – https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/17/amazon-echo-goes-on-sale-in-australia-and-new-zealand-next-month/

You can now send SMS messages from an Amazon Echo – https://www.neowin.net/news/you-can-now-send-sms-messages-from-an-amazon-echo 

Alexa for Android gets voice commands, giving everyone an Echo  – http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/alexa-android-app-voice-3379260

And the great Superbowl advert for Alexa!

 

Apple Home Pod

Apple HomePod review: smart speaker edges Amazon and Google with stunning sound http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/apple-homepod-review-sonos-speakers-smart-siri-amazon-alexa-google-home-max-a8196921.html 

Eight reasons you should buy a Google Home Max instead of an Apple HomePod – http://uk.businessinsider.com/apple-homepod-vs-google-home-max-2018-2?r=US&IR=T

Apple HomePod sound quality trails Sonos One and Google Home Max – http://fortune.com/2018/02/12/apple-homepod-sonos-one-google-home/

 

Last but not least…

 

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