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Baby boomers and smart speakers - Issue #26

Hello 👋. This week features a guide to Google Assistant, an infographic on baby boomers use of smart
Baby boomers and smart speakers - Issue #26
By Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly • Issue #26 • View online
Hello 👋. This week features a guide to Google Assistant, an infographic on baby boomers use of smart speakers and a walkthrough of Alexa Presentation Language.
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Infographic: How many boomers in the US use smart speakers?
Graphic from Retail Marketing.
Graphic from Retail Marketing.
Infographic by Retail Marketing. Complement with this interview VUX.world did with Heidi Cultberson founder and CEO of Marvee, a company for voice first experiences for older adults.
How Facebook failed to build a better Alexa (or Siri)
The lengthy piece of the week. A raconter of Facebook voice tech efforts. It goes deep into acquisitions timeline, movement of technical expertise in Facebook, and in doing so it also involves the other big five companies efforts. The article summed up:
Remaining innovative means making a decisive bet on a technology that has yet to be proven out, even when there’s no obvious customer. Facebook didn’t make that call with voice technology until it was too late. 
Legal firms embracing voice technology
Voice assistance saves valuable time for lawyers and executive staff, allowing them to shift their focus to higher-priority, more profitable work. Legal firms in the UK are appreciating the value of voice tech for their business.
The complete guide to Google Assistant in 2018
Did you know you can get the weather from Mars in Google Assistant? This guide its usage will take you to places.
Alexa Presentation Language now in Public Beta
Building for multiple devices and screen sizes has proven to be a challenge in the web and mobile. Multi modal is a requirement for voice apps. Amazon is providing a set of tools to handle the visual aspect of skills in different Alexa-enable devices. Needless to say this is a very welcome news by the voice developer community.
This is walkthrough of the technology that you will appreciate.
In the news
  • Google Home and Home mini can now speak Hindi. Including uniquely Indian context.
  • You can now use Google Assistant with Roku. Here is a guide for setting it up.
  • Amazon Alexa team announced today the availability of the Reminders API to remind customers of important tasks or events. The new API is available to developers in all locales supported by Alexa.
  • Two million children now using smart speakers in the UK.
  • Alexa is getting ready for midterms elections.
Quote of the week
The first step in exceeding your customer’s expectations is to know those expectations.
Roy H. Williams

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