AudioQ aims to build a suite of products in the voice services space by bringing real-time, conversational news experience to consumers, namely through the creation of a series of podcasts with Narrated News, featuring a daily morning and evening audio news briefing with the latest headlines, and custom voice-based Q&A apps for Portuguese news content.
In the last 3 to 4 years voice technologies have emerged from small-scale deployments to a global speaker market that is estimated to grow to billions of devices in a short period of time. In fact, Google Assistant, which is often thought as Google Home, is nowadays available in over 400 million devices, which include smartphones, computers, smartwatches and headsets.
For publishers, this fast-growing market represents an excellent opportunity to build new high-quality voice-based journalistic products and to engage audiences using voice-activated devices.
Voice-search enabled digital assistants are quickly becoming the go-to search mode for consumers everywhere. To be able to attend the user’s voice-based information requests and needs, publishers must adapt to the current evolution of search trends, both in terms of audio content production and in terms of new interactions based on voice queries.
New audio-centric technologies, such as Google Home and Amazon’s Echo, are making access to dialogue-based information ubiquitous and spawning new platforms based on “voice-first” interactions. According to ComScore, by 2020, 50 percent of all searches will be voice-based, which evidences the dimension that this trend can reach in a couple of years.