Bang & Olufsen’s speakers are pretty well-known, and if you are in the market for a new set of Bluetooth speakers, then you might want to check out the company’s Beosound A1. If this sounds familiar, it is because the A1 was originally launched back in 2016, but this particular model is the second-gen model that comes with some changes and improvements over its predecessor.
Sonos is no stranger when it comes to soundbars, but it an announcement by the company, they have revealed their latest offering in the form of the Sonos Arc, which they are calling a “premium” soundbar where it comes with support for Dolby’s Atmos, which in theory should give listeners a better home theater sounding experience.
When it comes to digital assistants, it’s obvious that Siri could stand to be improved upon. Now according to researchers from Apple and Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute, they have recently published a paper that suggests that one of the ways these improvements could be made is by mapping out the room.
Let’s face it, unlike the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers, Apple hasn’t had that much luck with the HomePod. Designed to be a “premium” sounding device, the price of the speaker combined with Siri’s limitations has resulted in a device that isn’t exactly flying off the shelves, but Apple wants to change that.
We’re sure that many of us have accidentally triggered our digital assistants by saying phrases that sound similar to its trigger phrase. However, the good news for Google Home owner is that it appears that Google has made some adjustments on that front and in an update that is rolling out to users, Google has introduced the ability to adjust the Google Home’s sensitivity.
Apple’s HomePod speakers were initially powered by its own software that is largely based on iOS. However, according to a report from 9to5Mac, they discovered that in the latest update to the smart speaker system, Apple has made some changes where the HomePod is now powered by tvOS, the same OS used to run Apple TV.
At the moment, Apple’s HomePod is designed in such a way that the controls are placed on the top of the speaker where users can control music playback. They can also control it using Siri. However, it seems that in the future, HomePods could sport touch-sensitive fabric that would allow users to control the speakers by touching anywhere around the speaker.
While the sound quality from Bang & Olufsen speakers are debatable, especially amongst audiophiles, there is no denying that the company makes some fantastic looking speakers that will blend in quite nicely with your home furniture. In fact, if you’re looking for another talking piece for your living room, the company’s latest Beosound Balance could be worth checking out.
It used to be that you could buy a device and it would last you until it broke down. This is why Sonos came under fire when they announced that they would be ending support for some of its older products (they later reversed their decision). Now it looks like the company is backtracking on yet another controversial decision in the form of “recycle mode”.
Bluetooth speakers are a dime a dozen, and for the most part, a lot of them tend to focus on portability which means that sometimes, sound quality is sacrificed in the process. However, if you are looking for a set of speakers that is both portable and has a good amount of bass, then Ultimate Ears might have something for you.
Last year, Samsung kind of launched the Galaxy Home Mini. However, its launch was classified as a beta and it was only available in South Korea. It was expected that the company would launch the device at its Galaxy Unpacked event last week, but that did not happen. Instead, Samsung once again kind of launched the device as a bundle with Galaxy S20 orders.
The thing with universal remote controllers is that they help cut down the clutter of gadgets around your home. If you’re looking to cut the clutter in your home, then you might be interested to learn that Sony has recently taken the wraps off a new remote control that also has the ability to double up as a portable speaker.
galaxy home miniAccording to the rumors and reports, Samsung was expected to officially announce the availability of the Galaxy Home Mini smart speaker at its Unpacked event. That did not happen, but it seems that the speaker is actually now available, although not exactly in the way that many of us imagined.
Smart speakers have been around for a few years now, and we have to give Amazon credit for kind of kicking it off. While digital assistants aren’t new, Amazon made a very smart move early on by opening up Alexa to third-party developers, thus allowing them to flood the market with smart speakers.