Apple HomePod manufacturer sees facial recognition eventually coming to smart speakers

The company that assembles Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, said last week that it expects features offered by 3D-sensing cameras to eventually be available on smart speakers. That would include facial and image recognition that could make the product “more convenient and…easier to use,” according to Inventec Appliances president David Ho. The executive did say that he isn’t sure that a smart speaker with AI would be in demand by consumers.

While Ho didn’t mention Apple’s HomePod by name, he did say that Inventec Appliances is also producing a voice enabled smart speaker …


Unlocked Moto X4 will eventually come to the US, but with Motorola software inside


Unsurprisingly, Motorola and Google introduced the Moto X4 in the United States a few days ago, as the first Android One smartphone to make it in this part of the world. On top of that, the device is coming to Project Fi, which will allow customers to trade in select Nexus phones and receive discounts of up to $165 when they purchase the Android One Moto X4.

Otherwise, the Moto X4 is available for pre-order in the United States for $399. Google also announced that customers who trade in their phones by October 5 will be given $50 Fi credit.

Now, all those offers are quite nice if …

A customized version of Nokia 8 may eventually arrive in the U.S. this year

Officially unveiled last week, HMD’s flagship, the Nokia 8 is expected to hit the shelves in early September for €600. Unfortunately, many Nokia fans won’t be able to purchase the smartphone because the Finnish company has decided not to bring it to markets like China and U.S. At least that’s what HMD officials were quoted saying right after the Nokia 8 was made official.

Now a new report claims HMD plans to launch customized versions of Nokia 8 in the United States and China sometime this year. The information comes from sources with knowledge of HMD’s plans, but …

Google implies Assistant could eventually come to iPhone

Today is Google Assistant day (sort of)! As we knew was coming, Google announced that today will begin the official rollout of the Google Assistant to Android phones running Marshmallow or higher, and there was a small tweak to Assistant in Allo. But, interestingly, a Google exec implied that the Google Assistant could eventually make its way to the iPhone.

It turns out that Gummi Hafsteinsson, product management director at Google, was talking to journalists at MWC in Barcelona this week and left open the possibility of bringing the Assistant to the iPhone. According to …