Google has finally confirmed roughly when the Google Home will be released in the UK. During an interview with the BBC at the Mobile World Conference Google's Rick Osterloh confirmed that Google's home assistant would be released by the end of June.
The Amazon Alexa team recently posted on the Alexa blog. The Amazon Echo was initially released on November 6th 2014 to Prime members (and June 23rd 2015 for non Prime users). To have achieved sp many skills in such a short period of time is made even more impressive by the fact that skill developers currently cannot monetise their skill.
Over the last hour there have been reports that a new over the air update is following out for the Amazon Tap. At present the Tap requires a button to be pressed prior to being able to invoke a command. Well the update reportedly changes this and allows the Tap to listen out for the wake word in the same fashion as the Echo and Dot.
I have checked the Amazon help and support page however the latest firmware is listed as 564197320 which introduced:
With the release of the Amazon Echo in the UK 1 of the main complaints that users have had is the lack of If This Then That (IFTTT) support. Well today Amazon have brought some good news to those awaiting the support, UK Echo's now support the IFTTT service. The bad news is that German users are still awaiting support.
So what is IFTTT
IFTTT is a collection of applets that can carry out a number of actions based on a trigger. For example it would be possible to activate an applet that turns the lights off automatically when you leave the house.
Amazon have partnered with Hackster.io to run a contest. If you are creating a skill that utilises a 3rd party public API this would be the perfect time to release that skill and enter the contest.
So What Are The Contest Details?
There are 2 categories for entering (you do not specify the category you are entering, this seems to be decided by the judges). The categories are Creative Skills and Useful Skills.