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Open Voice #24: Bixby the iPhone moment?, 10.000 working on Alexa, 2x Personality, The voice cross roads and the Open voice highlight

Hi! We have a ton to share with you: more Bixby insights, many articles and a recap of last Open Voic
Open Voice #24: Bixby the iPhone moment?, 10.000 working on Alexa, 2x Personality, The voice cross roads and the Open voice highlight
By Maarten & Sam • Issue #24 • View online
Hi!
We have a ton to share with you: more Bixby insights, many articles and a recap of last Open Voice.
Looking forward, we’re up for an interesting week. After singles day on the 11th, we’re heading for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The Dutch supermarket Albert Heijn has the Google Mini on sale for €35. We expect Christmas will be another voice mile stone: Millions of smart speakers will be sold. The rush has started.

(Thanks - Tip from Hayo Rubingh)
(Thanks - Tip from Hayo Rubingh)
Are we at the Voice iPhone moment?
The new Bixby platform is created by the Viv team which Samsung bought. This is their third Voice Assistant platform. Previously they created Siri. So they know what they are doing. Adam Cheyer (Viv cofounder) was on Bret Kinsella podcast cast and shared what makes this platform stand out. It may be the iPhone moment for Voice.
Two messages stand out:
First: Actions and Skills are what the Viv/Bixby team compare to bookmarks. Yet without search engine or list. Today there are 20.000 and next year there will be over a million. This doesn’t scale. Nobody remembers all available voice “bookmarks” today and definitely not in the future. Bixby solves this. Keen to see how. Important thought is that they see this and are launching an alternative. This is how the industry evolves!
Second: they see that Google and Amazon’s native actions and skills are used the most, but independent developers are not able develop such skills, because they don’t have the same tools. Bixby has a level playing field.
It may seem like taking shots at the competition. This is partially true yet this is how competition works. This will help the other voice parties to step up. Keen to see this develop! More gold in the podcast.
We had a great 4th edition of Open Voice, on the subject of “deep voice” where we went beyond the basics. In short it was about:
  • what does do third party voices mean and why are they interesting?
  • how blind people use voice, a story through the eyes of a legally blind community member (Emiel did a great write up)
  • while voice interfaces present a beautiful opportunity, it’s good to think deep about the implications of this technology. A privacy designer/technology critic paved the way through a series of ethical questions
  • what is it that gives voice it’s personality, and how should we go about it?
It’s possible to listen to all the speakers, as all the talks are now available in the podcast archive. I highly suggest listening to Sophie’s talk (and slides), as it was best rated. If you are more the reader type, check the recap.
The Bromet moment for Smart speakers?
The Bromet moment for Smart speakers?
That’s it for this week. Please help spread the word to at least one person as a forward or tweet/Facebook message. Share what you liked about the newsletter via a status update on Linkedin (and tag @Maarten Lens-FitzGerald or @Sam Warnaars), or send in your feedback and articles suggestions. We love that! (and it’s fun to get to know more people on this list!)
See you next week!
Cheers,
Maarten & Sam
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