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When voice fails 🤔 - Issue #18

Techcrunch Disrupt 2018 in SF and IFA in Berlin are bringing insights of companies plans and efforts
When voice fails 🤔 - Issue #18
By Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly • Issue #18 • View online
Techcrunch Disrupt 2018 in SF and IFA in Berlin are bringing insights of companies plans and efforts into voice tech and smart assistants markets. At IFA, Amazon announced Alexa has 50 000 skills worldwide, Deutsche Telekom announced a new smart assistant with GDPR built in and Huawei announce a smart speaker with Alexa inside, that is also a 4G router. We’ll have a round out of both conferences next week and the Apple’s event that will take place September 12th.
This week we dive into Chinese smart speaker and voice tech market. Follow along with us for all the data, analysis and best resources of the week to stay up to date with industries adopting voice and conversational interfaces.
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Amazon announced 50 000 skills, 3500 brands and 20 000 devices
Why I think Amazon Alexa will continue to show a strong position in the smart assistant market despite the shipping chart being moved piece at a time by Google Assistant and other Asian players. This was part of Monday’s episode of our daily flash briefing
China's strong stance on smart assistants and voice technology
Smart voice is one of the Chinese government’s four main focus areas in its first wave of AI applications throughout the country.
China voice assistants smart speakers
Comprehensive look at the China’s smart speaker market and their business models. The Chinese smart home market will reach nearly $23B in 2018, according to Juniper Research. Smart speakers and AI voice assistants are becoming an integral part of that. Seat down for emerging players, partnerships, business models, and China’s role in driving a low-cost, high-volume smart speaker market.
Alibaba’s customer service bots gets upgraded
Alibaba chatbot is currently used by about 600,000 merchants on Alibaba’s e-commerce sites, the bot has been critical for virtual store owners that need to deal with an overwhelming volume of customer inquiries during major sales campaigns, such as Alibaba’s annual 11.11 Global Shopping Festival.
Google’s former China boss says the search company won’t stand a chance against today’s Chinese ‘gladiator’ entrepreneurs
Former President of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee, said at Disrupt 2018 conference in San Francisco that his former company doesn’t have very good odds of success if it decides to re-enter the Chinese market. Lee suggested that Google’s current management doesn’t have the right stuff to compete in China’s growing and rough-and-tumble Internet markets. Lee also said it would be hard to find employees as Chinese companies are innovating and new grads prefer to work for Chinese companies. Article from Business Insider.
Bullet Messaging app at top of China’s App Store since launch 2 weeks ago
The most talked-about function on Bullet Messaging is that it can translate your voice message to text as you’re sending it. You don’t even need to open a specific chat window to start dictating your message in the app. Can Bullet stand against billion users WeChat has?
In the news:
When voice fails
Laugh with this video. Then actually think about the issues it presents.
Quote of the week
The next marketing line of every home appliance is he can hear you.
Yours truly
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Mari from VoiceFirst Weekly

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