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Voice-first: has the screen become obsolete?

Voice-First devices, or digital voice assistants (DVA), mark a significant turning point in digital technologies. They’re revolutionising design principles, business models and e-commerce. We had a look at the DVA boom and the latest trends in voice commands. Amazon Echo and Apple are launching their own voice assistants to rival Google’s Home range, which came out in the States in 2016 and has been available in Europe since last summer. Microsoft, meanwhile, is bringing out its own smart speaker, called Invoke, combining the capabilities of its Cortana assistant with the expertise of Harmon Kardon, Samsung’s speaker division. The DVA...

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Google and Walmart team up for e-commerce

To rival Amazon, Google is joining forces with Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, to develop an e-commerce business. Google Express, the search engine’s shopping service, can now deliver products sold by the US retail giant. What’s more, customers will soon be able to order not only online but directly via Google Home, the hand-free smart speaker. Launched in 2013, Google Express has just added Walmart to its portfolio of retail partners. After Costco, Target and Walgreens, the arrival of Walmart should help Google expand its retail business. And to rival Amazon, Walmart Google Express purchases will soon be compatible...

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