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Microsoft to Replace ‘Pistol’ Emoji After Google And Facebook

After Google and Facebook, Microsoft to replace 'pistol' emoji

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After Google and Facebook replaced the ‘pistol’ emoji with a ‘water gun’ emoji, Microsoft on Thursday tweeted that it is planning to do the same.

“We are in the process of evolving our emojis to reflect our values and the feedback we’ve received,” Microsoft tweeted alongside a “water gun” emoji.

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In a bid to fight the prevailing gun culture, WhatsApp, Samsung and Twitter replaced the ‘pistol emoji’ following Apple which launched a “water gun” emoji in its “iOS 10” update.

However, it is not yet clear exactly when Microsoft will implement this change in Windows 10.  IANS

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Report: Amazon, Google Lead Global Smart Speaker Market, Apple Stands Fourth

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, global smart speaker shipments reached 9.2 million units in the first quarter

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Report: Amazon, Google Lead Global Smart Speaker Market, Apple Stands Fourth
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Amazon and Google accounted for 70 per cent share of the global smart speaker shipments in the first quarter of 2018, with Apple selling 600,000 HomePods in the period, a new report said on Friday.

According to market research firm Strategy Analytics, global smart speaker shipments reached 9.2 million units in the first quarter.

With 43.6 per cent market share, Amazon shipped an impressive four million smart speakers during the quarter though its global market share nearly halved from the same period in 2017.

Google (26.5 per cent market share with 2.4 million sales) and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (7.6 per cent market share) consolidated their number two and three rankings, while Apple with six per cent share became the fourth largest smart speaker brand worldwide.

Apple stands fourth in Global Smart Speaker Market
Apple stands fourth in Global Smart Speaker Market. Pixabay

“Amazon and Google accounted for a dominant 70 per cent share of global smart speaker shipments in Q1 2018 although their combined share has fallen from 84 per cent in Q4 2017 and 94 per cent in the year ago quarter,” said David Watkins, Director at Strategy Analytics.

This is partly as a result of strong growth in the Chinese market for smart speakers where both Amazon and Google are currently absent.

“Alibaba and Xiaomi are leading the way in China and their strength in the domestic market alone is proving enough to propel them into the global top five,” he added.

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Today’s smart speakers are by no means the finished article but they have captured the consumer imagination.

“We are clearly heading towards a time in the not too distant future when voice becomes a standard mode of technology interaction alongside established approaches like keyboard, mouse and touchscreen,” Watkins said. (IANS)

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