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Open Voice #25: Podcasts, Uncanny valley of Voice, how Siri summons Google Assistant, user research and Duplex roll-out (incl videos)

Hi there! We're back with the 25th edition of this newsletter. Past week was crazy in terms of all th
Open Voice #25: Podcasts, Uncanny valley of Voice, how Siri summons Google Assistant, user research and Duplex roll-out (incl videos)
By Maarten & Sam • Issue #25 • View online
Hi there!
We’re back with the 25th edition of this newsletter. Past week was crazy in terms of all the smart speakers being on offer. The previous generation of the Alexa Dot went on sale for the lowest price so far (usually $40, now $20), and also in our local market, we saw the Google Home speakers on sale (Home was down from €149 to €99, and the Home Mini from €59 to €29). The speakers sold out throughout Black Friday. I wonder when people can confirm the growth in terms of users, as the sales should have a noticeable impact over the next few weeks.
Today also marks a special day, as we are publishing our first ever podcast! We partnered with BNR and started the Voice Cast Show series. In the next 6 months we will invite guests into the show to run down the most recent news, share their expertise and we’ll be checking out interesting skills and actions. The podcast is planned to go out every other week (or so) and will run till May. The first episode is set to go live today (Monday, November 25th) at 16:30 Amsterdam time. You’ll have something to listen to on your commute back home. We are grateful to do our first show with Sophie Kleber from Huge. She closed Open Voice #04 and was considered by most attendees as the best speaker.

Let’s move on with the links we collected throughout this week:

Google Duplex: AI assistant makes a restaurant reservation (thanks Jan van Unnik!)
Google Duplex: AI assistant makes a restaurant reservation (thanks Jan van Unnik!)
Phyllis Fagell, LCPC
My 10-year-old to the Echo Dot: "Alexa, have my parents ordered me any presents yet? Maybe NBA 2k19 for Xbox?"

Alexa: "A shipment should arrive Nov. 23. To avoid spoiling any holiday surprises, though, I won't share package contents until after the New Year."

Good work, Alexa!
2:01 PM - 21 Nov 2018
That’s it for this week. Let us know what you think of the podcast if you decide to listen to it.
We’ll be back next week.
Cheers,
– Maarten & Sam
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