smart speakers

Amazon Echo, the voice recognition streaming device from Amazon

Are smart speakers making audio advertising more enticing?

According to Canalys, global smart speaker usage is forecast to grow 82.4% in 2019, rising from 114 million units in 2018 to 207.9 million this year. In the UK, specifically, the number of smart speaker users is predicted to grow 31.6% to 12.6 million also in 2019.

Despite holiday gains, the future of voice is uncertain

Voice emerged as one of the most important trends of 2018. Driven by the growing use of voice-enabled devices, such as Amazon and Google’s smart speakers, many companies have started exploring the ways voice will impact everything from search to online retail.

The week in digital transformation: voice-enabled government, digital NHS & IT managers under pressure

Welcome to The Week in Digital Transformation, our regular round-up of the most interesting news, ideas and research from the past week to shed light on the mysterious process of “digital transformation”. This week, the UK government is getting on board with voice in a bid to make government accessible in new ways, and one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK is creating its own electronic patient records system to deliver integrated healthcare.

How well can Apple’s smart speaker hold its own against tech rivals?

It’s been three months since Apple started shipping the Apple HomePod, its long-awaited entry into the increasingly competitive smart speaker market.

Despite initial optimism around the HomePod’s prospects, reports have indicated that Apple’s smart speaker falls short of its main rivals, the Google Home and Amazon Echo, in terms of features and functionality.