New test shows Siri on HomePod answer 52% of questions correctly, lagging behind Alexa & Google Assistant

Now that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is available to everyone, it’s being put through a slew of tests. Loup Ventures this weekend shared results from a detailed series of tests that it put the HomePod through, as well as how those results compare to other smart speakers … more… 9to5Mac

Andy Rubin’s Essential announces first devices, including Apple HomeKit-ready assistant

Former Google executive and Android creator Andy Rubin on Monday revealed the first products from his new company Essential, including the Home assistant, which reportedly supports multiple smarthome platforms including Apple’s HomeKit. AppleInsider – Frontpage News

Samsung Galaxy S8 to Debut ‘Viv’, the AI Assistant From the Creators of Siri

Samsung said on Sunday it will launch its first AI virtual assistant in next year’s Galaxy S8 smartphone, based on technology gained through its acquisition of Viv. Viv is the AI firm run by Dag Kittlaus, co-creator of Apple’s Siri. Last month, Samsung bought Viv with the intention of allowing it to operate as an […]

Microsoft’s Digital Assistant Cortana May Be Heading to iOS and Anrdoid

Microsoft is beefing up “Cortana”, its virtual voice assistant found in its line of Windows Phones, with plans to provide her contextual reminders and various other features on iOS and Android devices later this year, according to Reuters. Announced for Windows 10 desktops earlier this year, Microsoft is planning to upgrade Cortana’s functions even more […]