Google’s Own Smart Display With Google Assistant Could Be Launched This Year

With Amazon’s Echo lineup, the company has introduced the Echo Spot and the Echo Show, two Echo and Alexa-enabled speakers that come with built-in displays. Now in a report from Nikkei, it seems that Google’s very own Assistant Smart Displays could be on track for a launch later this year.


Razer Nommo Pro Speakers Now Available For Purchase

Earlier this year at CES 2018, Razer unveiled a new set of speakers in the form of the Razer Nommo Pro. If you liked what you saw and wouldn’t mind getting your hands on them, you might be interested to learn that according to an announcement by Razer, the Nommo Pro speakers are now available for purchase.


Sonos Expects Product Releases To Be Faster Now

There are many things that go into deciding how long passes in between product releases. For example it could be due to cost where smaller companies might have a harder time trying to get products out to the market. However the good news for Sonos fans is that if you’re hoping to see more products from the company, you’re in luck.


Apple Has Reportedly Sold 3 Million HomePods In The US

Compared to the competition, Apple’s HomePods are more expensive. They also don’t seem as robust in terms of smart features compared to the others as well, although we suppose this is more of a limitation of Siri than the speakers themselves. However Apple has always insisted that the HomePod is a speaker first, although admittedly it’s hard not to compare.


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Google Assistant Could Arrive On Sonos Speakers By End Of The Year

Early last year Sonos expressed their interest in getting digital assistant baked into its speakers. For Sonos users this sounded like a great idea and it was a wish that later came true when Sonos launched speakers with Amazon’s Alexa built into them. However if you’re more of a Google Assistant user, not to worry.


JBL Link View With Google Assistant Now Available For Pre-Order

Earlier this year during CES 2018, JBL announced the Link View. This was a smart speaker with an 8-inch touchscreen display that also came with Google Assistant built into it, which seemed like Google’s way of taking on the Amazon Echo Show. The good news is that if this was something you were interested in, it looks like it is now available for pre-order.


Latest iOS 12 Beta Confirms HomePod’s Ability To Make Phone Calls

A report from earlier this month revealed that in a private beta testing of HomePod OS 12, it was discovered that Apple could be getting ready to launch a feature for the HomePod in which it would support making phone calls. For those wondering about it, you’ll be pleased to learn that the reports were true.


Google Home Scheduled Routines Have Been Launched

One of the features that was launched on Google Home a few months back was Routines. Basically it allowed users to group multiple commands together and execute all of them at once with a single command. For example you could say, “Good morning” and it would turn on the lights, start the coffee machine, and so on.


Amazon Reduces Device Confusion Among Alexa Devices

Due to the fact that Amazon made Alexa so freely available for developers to use in their products, we’ve started to see a ton of Alexa-powered devices in the market today. This is of course a good thing since it means variety, but a bad thing because it can also lead to device confusion.


Samsung’s Bixby Speaker Could Be Called ‘Magbee’

With Amazon and Google experiencing a huge amount of success with its smart speakers, it’s not surprising that other companies such as Samsung have tossed their hat into the ring. In fact the rumors are claiming that Samsung’s Bixby-powered smart speaker could be launched in the coming weeks.


Alexa Can Now Be Used To Control Equalizer And Sound Settings

Alexa can be used to control all kinds of things around the house as long as they are connected to it and part of the network. This includes lighting, thermostats, locks, and more, but now it looks like Amazon has given Alexa a new set of skills which comes in the form of being able to control equalizer and sound settings on your speakers.


HomePod OS 12 Private Beta Reveals New Siri Features

With Amazon’s Alexa and Echo speakers touting a ton of functionality across various connected objects, one of the main criticisms of Apple’s HomePod is that it seems to be lacking in the “smarts” department. To be fair Apple has marketed the speaker as being more audio-focused, but given that it houses Siri, it’s hard not to draw the comparisons.


Fender Unveils Vintage-Looking Bluetooth Speaker

Just like Marshall, Fender is a brand that many musicians are familiar with when it comes to musical instruments as well as being a company that makes guitar/bass amplifiers. Also just like Marshall, Fender has also gotten into the consumer speaker business and have recently unveiled their latest offering.


Amazon Echo Reportedly Tells Its Owner, ‘All I See Is People Dying’

The problem with speakers that are always listening is that you sometimes can’t be sure what could trigger it, which in some instances has resulted in some pretty creepy situations. Unfortunately it seems that these are instances that people might need to get used to, according to a report from Metro.