Customers interact with Alexa billions of times a week. Echo devices have received more than 400,000 5-star reviews globally.Fire TV now has 37 million monthly active usersRing Doorbells generate more than 4 billion interactions per month.There are now more than 85,000 Alexa-compatible smart home devicesThere are more than 100,000 Alexa skillsThere are now "billions of dollars" flowing through the Alexa economy -- that's developer only.Taken together, these stats point to more activities, more devices, more skills, more interactions, more active users and more attention being poured into the Amazon voice ecosystem. And usually, more attention means more money, as that last bullet point attests to. But, as usual, one number I've continually been looking for, to no avail, was any indication of just how much shopping is being done via Alexa. Now according to Adobe, customer journeys are being impacted by voice-first devices, even if the final transaction isn't being carried out through … [Read more...] about Amazon device event: Evolutionary, not revolutionary, and there’s nothing wrong with that
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The company has already engaged with the bundling of CBS All Access and Showtime for $9.99 a month for Apple TV+ subscribers, so it makes perfect sense that Apple will do it with its own services. All indications are it'll likely launch alongside the iPhone in October or November of this year. But for the Sept. 15 event? I'd put it at 5%, with much higher chances of it appearing alongside renewed Apple TV hardware. … [Read more...] about First, iPhone SE killed Android: What budget products will Apple unleash next?
Apple’s HomePod does well on sound but when it comes to smarts it’s somewhat lacking. Compared to Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, Siri is rather limited in what it can do for you as a smart home hub. This isn’t great considering it’s one of the most expensive smart speakers on the market, and Siri is your main means of controlling it. … [Read more...] about Apple HomePod 2 release date, news, and rumors
The QuietComfort Earbuds will offer “the world’s most effective noise cancelling” backed by crisp audio with deep bass, thanks to “breakthrough acoustic innovations.” This is the sort of language that Bose always uses for new products, but there’s no company more closely tied to noise cancellation technology than Bose. The QuietComfort Earbuds will include the company’s StayHear Max tips (with an integrated stability arc) and are confirmed to be sweat and water resistant. … [Read more...] about Bose is almost ready to challenge Apple’s AirPods Pro with new noise-canceling earbuds
AirPods 2019 (standard charging): £159 £119.97 at Laptops DirectLaptops Direct is still beating Amazon on 2019 AirPods deals this week, undercutting the retail giant by £10 to bring us this £119.97 price tag. This is on the standard charging version, but if you're after wireless charging check out the offer below. View Deal … [Read more...] about There’s still time to grab fantastic AirPods and AirPods Pro deals this weekend