LG Launches Siri Competitor
LG today announced Quick Voice, its answer to Apple's Siri and Samsung's S Voice. The voice control software will run on Optimus-series phones, including certain existing models, including the Vu. The software is configured to control a variety of apps and services, including maps, weather, web search, making calls, texting, alarms, calendar, web search, and settings such as vibrate mode. It also provides voice dictation for messages. The service has been announced initially for the Korean market.
FCC Docs Reveal Samsung Galaxy S8 Active with Band 71 for T-Mobile
Documents seen on the FCC web site suggest the Galaxy S8 Active will be Samsung's first Band 71-compatible smartphone for T-Mobile. The government agency recently approved a new version of the SM-G892U, already sold as the Galaxy S8 Active by AT&T, this time with Band 66 and Band 71 aboard.
Apple Hits Refresh on the Apple TV
Apple today revealed a new set-top box for televisions that brings applications to the living room. The revised Apple TV features powerful hardware, a modernized operating system with a new user experience, weighty developer tools, and a complete App Store.
Siri Gets Smarter
Apple today announced that iOS 9 will include a new version of its Siri voice assistant that's both smarter and more proactive. The new Siri can respond intelligently to commands such as "show me my photos from Utah" and "remind about this web page when I get home".
Google Threads Voice Commands Deeper Into Google Maps
People can now use their voice to take full command of Google Maps when in the car. Google updated Maps today and added more support for "Ok, Google"-based voice commands.
SoundHound Releases Hound Voice Assistant to Compete with Siri, Cortana, Google Now
SoundHound has made a voice assistant of its own available to Android and iOS devices in the hopes of providing an alternate to Google-, Apple-, and Microsoft-made assistants. Hound works similarly to Google Now, Siri, and Cortana in that it listens to natural language voice requests and performs select actions in response.
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