Voice Report – March 31, 2017

SiriKit Comes to Apple Watch
Ahead of June’s WWDC, Apple has released SiriKit for Apple Watch, allowing users ask Siri to do things like send messages, send payments, book a ride, and more.

Ikea Selling Smart Home Devices
Ikea has released a line of ZigBee-compatible smart home devices. No word yet on if there will be a companion skill for Alexa.

Samsung is Now Taking Pre-Orders for the Bixby-Enabled Galaxy S8
Looking to compete with Siri and Google, the Bixby voice assistant will make its debut in April when Samsung releases its next flagship phone.

Microsoft Announces “Samsung Galaxy S8 Microsoft Edition”
In a strange move, Samsung and Microsoft are working together to release a Galaxy S8 with pre-installed Microsoft software. This begs the question – will this S8 be running Bixby or Cortana?

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