China’s Baidu, Inc. has announced that the install base of DuerOS, the company’s conversational AI assistant, reached 100 million devices, doubling over the past 6 months.
Late last week, Amazon launched ‘Alexa Cast’ for its Echo line of smart speakers. Alexa Cast allows you to cast audio from the Amazon Music app on your phone to the Echo & Alexa-connected speakers without having to use your voice.
Reports: PC Mag, The Verge
Amazon makes all recent recordings available for listening in the companion Alexa app for iOS & Android.
This is different from the process so far, which was using the Alexa app for merely managing settings for the smart speaker & so on.
Something’s happening between Google & Amazon, & something’s not right. Google has reportedly decided against the Amazon Echo Show to access YouTube. If you ask the smart speaker to show you a YouTube video, it fails, with Alexa simply saying: Currently, Google is not supporting Youtube on Echo Show. Go, figure.
Reports: BBC News, Seeking Alpha, CNBC, 9to5Google