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  • A brief evolution of Search: out of the search box and into our lives

    …). The Amazon Echo, a voice-activated home automation hub, was the top-selling speaker in 2015 (KPCB Internet Trends 2016), getting over 25,000 five-star reviews on Amazon, signaling a real shift in how we conduct searches. As we enter a new era of personalized search, I’d like to take a moment to look back at where we came from. A nod to our past…

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  • The voice search explosion and how it will change local search

    … Since I noted Timothy Tuttle of Mindmeld’s LSA16 comments about the sudden increase in the volume of voice search queries, I’ve noticed an increasing number of articles on the subject. If the attention being given voice search is an indication of its anticipated impact on the marketplace, then it’s going to be a big deal. The potential…

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  • Son of Siri: Viv aims to go way beyond today’s digital assistants

    … that apps will stick around for the foreseeable future. According to 2015 research from MindMeld, use of voice search and virtual assistants is growing dramatically. In addition, Amazon Echo (with assistant Alexa) has proven to be the company’s most popular hardware device. And Microsoft just announced that Cortana “has helped answer over 6 billion…

    Greg Sterling/ Search Engine Land- 5 readers -
  • Understanding intent through voice search

    … Microsoft’s Cortana, Apple’s Siri and Google Now, are voice search-enabled and growing smarter with every interaction. Since voice search is more conversational and uses natural language, the artificial intelligence (AI) technology is evolving to understand user intent and context based on signals — like previous search queries, multiple-step…

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  • Consumers shape new world of search advertising

    … in natural, intuitive ways. And search is evolving rapidly as a result. Take consumers’ rapid adoption of digital assistants like Cortana, Google Now and Siri, for example, all of which are spoken-language driven. Spoken language connects people to what they’re searching for with an immediacy, convenience and intimacy that text-only search could…

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  • Microsoft Silences “Hey Cortana” In US Version Of Android App

    … An update to Microsoft’s Cortana app for Android removes the “Hey Cortana” hands-free activation feature. Updated December 20, the new version of the app lists three “what’s new” features: Improved app stability Enhanced call and text features Removed “Hey Cortana” feature for US market Hey Cortana was reportedly removed because the feature…

    Greg Sterling/ Search Engine Landin SEO- 8 readers -
  • Microsoft’s Cortana Digital Assistant Comes To iOS & Android

    … Heard about Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant but haven’t been able to try it on your phone, since it was only for Windows? Now iOS and Android users can use it, too. Microsoft shared the news today on its blog. You’ll find the iOS version here; the Android version here. Both are only available for those in the US and China. For Apple, you…

    Danny Sullivan/ Search Engine Landin SEO- 30 readers -
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