Technology Google buys short-form audio startup to bolster its podcast efforts

14:01  12 october  2017
14:01  12 october  2017 Source:   Engadget

Spotify voice commands now work on any Google Assistant-supported device

  Spotify voice commands now work on any Google Assistant-supported device Google has announced that Spotify voice commands will be fully supported on Google Assistant within the coming weeks. Before, Spotify voice commands were only available on Google Home, but now the same functions translate to Google Assistant on your phone. Both free and premium Spotify users will be able to use the voice commands, like, “OK Google, play some rock music on Spotify.” If you link your Spotify and make it the default player on Google Assistant, you won’t have to say “on Spotify” at the end of commands.

60Db, the short - form podcast app, looks like it ' s shutting down. The app's developer Tiny Garage Labs has joined Google , according to a post on Medium. In the past year though, the team worked with some 80 editorial partners to produce "hundreds of audio stories."

Google hasn't even started shipping the Home Mini yet, but its launch has been marred by an unusual situation where some of the devices would record and upload practically any sound. As a result, Google says it ' s taking the step of disabling all top touch functionality on the Home Mini.

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60Db, the short-form podcast app, looks like it's shutting down. The app's developer Tiny Garage Labs has joined Google, according to a post on Medium. Haven't heard of it? Well, then you probably won't miss it much come November 10th. In the past year though, the team worked with some 80 editorial partners to produce "hundreds of audio stories."

What they're up to next isn't clear. As Business Insider notes, Google Play Music already has a section for podcasts, so perhaps this is a move to help revamp a seemingly abandoned portion of the mostly abandoned app.

If you'll remember, Google Play Music only added podcast support last April when the service launched in 2013. Spotify, on the other hand, has steadily increased its push into the space, going so far as hiring former Maker Studios CEO Courtney Holt to lead its podcast division. Spotify also made a pact with WNYC earlier this year. So, yeah, while Google might be dominating the competition in terms of machine learning and mobile cameras, it still has some catching up to do when it comes to other aspects of its business.

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