With the growing appeal of smart speakers and voice input, consumers are going to increasingly expect audio content. That’s why there’s a budding competition between Google and Amazon to turn text into spoken words. Companies and brands will need to adapt.
Google’s announcement of the Pixel, Google Home, Google Assistant and the Daydream View VR headset constitute a shot across the bow of Amazon’s efforts to dominate the smart home.
Amazon has released an Echo web app that lets anyone try out the device’s voice capabilities by speaking with Alexa. Oh, it’s for developers, too.
Mary Meeker’s 2016 Internet Trends Report is a treasure trove of data and charts that illustrate where technology and communication trends are heading.
Microsoft is betting on conversational computing in its call for developers to build bots for Cortana, its virtual digital assistant but conversational computing should be seen in the larger trend toward ubiquitous computing.
The Infinite Dial report provides highlights trends in how people consume audio content generally and sheds light on what it means for podcasting specifically.