Digital Assistants Include Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home/Alexa and Similar Software Power Third-Party Developers, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are competing to offer the best voice-activated systems that can do anything from reporting the time and weather, to playing music on request, to performing web searches, to telling jokes, to making purchases from internet sites.  These platforms utilize the latest in artificial intelligence in order to become more useful over time.  Apple’s Siri is available on iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and through an app in some vehicles.  It is also incorporated in Apple’s HomePod digital assistant.  Google Now is an app available on a variety of mobile devices as is Microsoft’s Cortana app.  Amazon’s…

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