Weekly Digest: Android Auto in Beta and Alexa-Powered Fridge
Report: Google leads smart speaker shipments in the US
According to research by Omdia, Google shipped more smart speakers in the US in Q2 of 2021. It estimates that Google shipped nearly 4.2m smart speakers in Q2 compared to Amazon’s 3.4m, which it pegs as 47.8% growth and 31.3% decline year-on-year respectively. Via Musically.
Twitter experiments with voice modulation for social audio
Twitter Spaces is planning to launch Voice Transformer, a vocal modulation feature that will change how people sound when talking on the social audio platform. The new feature will enable users to choose from a variety of choices for what they sound like. Via Voicebot.ai.
Samsung’s Family Hub fridge features Amazon’s Alexa
Samsung is bringing Alexa voice assistant into the newest models of its flagship Family Hub smart refrigerator, which already has Bixby in it. According to the press release, Alexa-powered Family Hub allows users to “access hundreds of thousands of Alexa skills, listen to morning brief, set timers or alarms, stream Amazon Music, and shop via voice.” Via CNET.
Google launches Android Auto in beta
Google unveiled the new Android Auto beta program and now offers beta tests for drivers, who will get to try out apps and features before they officially roll out, including the voice-enabled aspects of the app. Via Voicebot.ai.