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Sonos had a big announcement last October: Its new voice-activated speaker would be the first to work with both Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. What hasn’t been reported is that Sonos achieved this by using its patent portfolio to play hardball with Google.
The tech giant previously had resisted allowing Google Assistant to work in speakers or other connected home devices that ...
Until very recently, developers who wanted to add a skill to Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana had to fill out a roughly 30-line form and paste it into an email to the Cortana team, with links to their privacy policies and terms and conditions. Then they had to wait for sometimes weeks to get feedback and final approval.
Amazon’s Alexa team, in contrast, has a portal for ...
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