In a relatively short space of time, the digital assistant market has boomed. Six years ago Apple’s Siri went global with
Alexa is moving house.
Amazon has unveiled not one, but three brand-new Echo devices at a special event held at its HQ in Seattle. The three new
Among these current users, there are some predictable demographic trends: 16-24s, men and the upper income groups lead for all of them except smart health devices (where women and 25-34s take the lead). So, to date, the main audience for smart home products has been relatively affluent young men, a group who are often prominent among tech early adopters.
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Imagine. You could be walking home from the station and at the same time, turn on the lights and heating, order a delivery of food for the night and make sure your TV is tuned to the channel you want. Or have the latest box set on Netflix downloaded and ready to go - all just with your voice, without even lifting a finger to swipe or click.
Amazon Echo has enjoyed a wealth of success since the product first launched back in 2014. There is now an undeniable appetite for digital assistants in the home, and competitors have rushed to launch their own equivalents of 'Alexa', including Google Home and Samsung's Bixby.
You may have seen recent news that Amazon has launched a new and improved Echo device called the Echo Look. Thanks to its
Echo has many more 3rd-party integrations available at present and has better support for some of my IOT devices and Audiobooks. Also, the Echo has Bluetooth support, Home is lacking in this feature, and I sometimes miss that.
The rise of 'voice-first' interfaces featured prominently in Gartner's list of 10 predictions about the strategic use of technology in 2017 -- the analysis firm anticipates that 10 million households will be using room-based screenless devices by the end of the year.