Forget the eerie laugh. For a family in Portland, Oregon, an Amazon Echo device has become no laughing matter. Not only did one of the smart speakers in their home record their conversations, it also sent those recordings to someone without the family’s permission.
There’s a new leader in the growing smart speaker market. During the first quarter of 2018, Google overtook Amazon for the top spot. Meanwhile, Apple’s nowhere to be found in the new Canalys survey of the top smart speaker producers in the world.
For the first time, Amazon’s share of the global smart speaker market has dropped below 50 percent. At the same time, Apple became the fourth largest smart speaker brand worldwide thanks to the February launch of HomePod.
Amazon is probably going to unveil new voices for its Alexa smart assistant in a major spot during the big game. The online retail giant has now released a teaser ad ahead of Super Bowl LII, titled “Did Alexa lost her voice?”
A new survey of pre and post-comparison interest in smart speakers suggests that more people are currently likely to buy Amazon’s device due to its low price and the established feature set than Apple’s HomePod.