Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Oct 2017 22:44 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes

My thoughts tend to go to dark places these days. And so when I watched Google on Wednesday trot out one after another of its homegrown computing devices for every task and every nook of our homes, I went straight to dystopia: R.I.P. digital competition.

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Voice
by mdsama on Fri 6th Oct 2017 01:39 UTC
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2005-07-08

I think the article is a bit more specific (and I found compelling) than what others have mentioned...

It's about voice-activated devices.

Because you won't browse for apps to launch, the services you use will probably be the default ones.

E.g. on a Google device it'll be Google's search, music, video, etc., with less opportunity for third-parties to get in on it.

The article gives the example that you aren't likely to say "Play song on Spotify."

I dunno. I thought it's new and interesting.

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RE: Voice
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 6th Oct 2017 18:14 in reply to "Voice"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I'm not sure I agree with the premise that voice assistants are more restrictive. Amazon has opened up their platform to allow third party skills. They are so open that most skills are garbage.

I understand the default to amazon is bad and may be a barrier to many people. But, I'm not convinced its worse than ios restrictions. With out being able to set default applications for maps, mail, browser etc, its kind of the same thing. You can do things the apple way and other ways, but apple will try to reduce the friction to stay in apple world. Yet, people do still use non Apple services. So, I have hope for Amazon echo.

But also, I have no idea why anyone want's/ needs echo. It seems like such a gimmick. Plus I have my voice assistant on my phone that can do almost everything as well. And its on my phone which is always with me.

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RE: Voice
by leech on Fri 6th Oct 2017 20:27 in reply to "Voice"
leech Member since:
2006-01-10

I think the article is a bit more specific (and I found compelling) than what others have mentioned...

It's about voice-activated devices.

Because you won't browse for apps to launch, the services you use will probably be the default ones.

E.g. on a Google device it'll be Google's search, music, video, etc., with less opportunity for third-parties to get in on it.

The article gives the example that you aren't likely to say "Play song on Spotify."

I dunno. I thought it's new and interesting.


I tried this with Bixby on my Note 8. "Hi Bixby" "Open Humble Bundle" "Install Sorcery" It was at that point that instead of installing Sorcery through Humble Bundle, it opened the Google Play Store which of course wanted 4.99 for the game when I already have it in my Humble Library. Maybe I worded it wrong, may try again later.

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