Audioburst selected as one of the first apps on Google’s Automotive Infotainment System

 

 

Psst…drivers, get excited — this announcement is for you!

In July 2019, we introduced Audioburst Auto, our initial solution for the Android Auto platform. Chock-full of features like topical playlists, voice control, and even a personal news feed, Audioburst Auto brought the best of talk audio in-car for the first time.

Over the past 3 months, we’ve been working on advancing our commitment to in-car audio experiences, and today, we’re excited to announce that the Audioburst app is one of the first to launch on Google’s Android Automotive OS.

Now Playing / Audioburst on Android Automotive OS

Taking in-car experiences to the next level

The arrival of Google’s auto-focused operating system means that the days of being tethered to your phone while on the road are over! With native versions of Google Assistant, Google Maps, and the Google Play Store, even if you forget your phone at home, you can still access apps like Audioburst directly from your car’s infotainment screen.

The ability to run apps natively, however, is more than just handy.

Pulling in content via Bluetooth or a cable doesn’t compare to a native app, performance-wise. Developers are no longer trying to build apps whose functionality can hopefully be passable in-car. Instead, they can use Google’s Android Automotive OS emulator to build an optimized experience that looks good, feels natural, and caters specifically to the needs and wants of the driver.

In addition, by transitioning to a standard operating system, automotive companies are free to focus on the car, leaving the job of designing cutting edge, entertainment, navigation, and voice technology to developers and brands whom users already trust and associate with quality. Carmakers can, however, customize the UI, ensuring their infotainment systems maintain a familiar feel.

Personalized Playlist / Audioburst on Android Auto OS

Both the new automotive OS and Audioburst app were debuted last week at Android Dev Summit. In addition, leading automotive manufacturers such as GM and Volvo are already working with the technology.

In fact, the new Audioburst app was spotted in the wild (along with the likes of Spotify, NPR1, iHeartRadio, and Amazon Music) at the recent Volvo XC40 reveal event as part of the infotainment system demo.

The choice to demo the operating system’s capabilities through the use of audio-centric media apps is important to note. It illustrates the importance of audio, both music, and spoken word, to the driving experience. While games, videos, and the selfie may reign supreme on mobile devices, in-car, they can’t hold a candle to the hands-free, vision independent ease of audio.

Leading the charge

While every product release is special, we’re feeling energized by the innovation surrounding the next generation of in-car entertainment.

“It’s such an exciting time for the automotive space. People are constantly on the move and our busy lifestyles call for technology that can keep up. Having access to your favorite apps and entertainment in-car is a must, and we’re happy to help lead the charge in making that happen.”

— Rachel Batish, VP of Product at Audioburst

The next time you hit the road, hit the road with Audioburst…you’re going to like what you hear!

Audioburst announces talk-audio integration on Samsung’s Bixby platform

 

Consumers today are extremely brand-loyal. From phones to clothing to where we shop for groceries, all of us have preferences and tend to stick pretty closely to our trusted brands. A recent study revealed that “39.4% [of consumers] will spend more on a product [from a preferred brand] even if there are cheaper options elsewhere.”

Now that’s loyal!

One frustrating thing about brand loyalty when it comes to the technology field is the lack of compatibility across platforms and devices. There is nothing worse than finding out that the cool new app or functionality that you want to use isn’t available on your preferred device or platform.

Audioburst doesn’t think you should have to choose between your favorite platform and your favorite apps, which is why we’re happy to announce that soon Audioburst will be available on Samsung’s Bixby platform.

Audioburst integration on the Bixby platform

Enjoy:

  • A personalized newsfeed

Get the information you’re interested in, such as breaking news stories, business, sports, entertainment, and tech, as well as set alerts for any other topics that are important to you.

  • Real-time weather, & traffic reports

Need a heads up on what to expect before you head out? Get the latest local weather & traffic report for your metro area from sources that you can trust.

  • Voice search

Get the latest, on, well, anything! Ask Audioburst whatever you want to know and instantly receive fresh, relevant results, all delivered in an easy-to-digest short-form style.

“We’re excited to be working with Audioburst as part of Bixby’s Developer Premier program. We’re always looking for new, innovative ways to bring Bixby users the information and entertainment they need, and we think Audioburst’s short-form, hands-free approach to audio is a perfect match.”

– David Gene Oh, Senior Director at Samsung Electronics America

No matter if you’re Google obsessed, an Alexa die-hard, or a Samsung loyal, when you need real-time information, you can always count on Audioburst.

Audioburst launches Audioburst Auto, bringing real-time talk-audio to the Android Auto platform

 

If there’s one thing that goes hand-in-hand with the driving experience, it’s audio. From podcasts to the AM/FM dial, drivers love to tune-in while running errands, commuting, and taking road trips. However, right from the beginning, it posed a problem: distracted driving.

In the early days, we had to squint at the dial as we searched for a channel. Today, we have glowing electronic screens with even more information. Radio stations, song titles, episode names, album cover art…it’s a lot to digest.

(Especially for someone who is supposed to be driving!)

At Audioburst, our goal is to make sure that listeners can safely access the world’s talk-audio, anywhere, anytime, which is why we’ve developed our newest consumer-facing product, Audioburst Auto.

Audioburst Auto is an app created for the Android Auto platform, designed to provide expertly curated playlists, a personalized news feed, and search capabilities to the on-the-go listener. All features are built using Audioburst’s innovative short-format approach and are completely accessible via voice command.

A closer look at Audioburst Auto

 

A playlist for everyone

When you’re behind the wheel, your job is to get where you need to be safely.

Our job is to entertain!

Audioburst Auto offers a selection of curated playlists, all hand-picked by our resident team of audiophiles. There are playlists that set you up for success such as BusinessTech, and World News; playlists that aim to delight such our Entertainment playlist; playlists that offer smart, quirky content such as our ‘Off Beat’ mix; and playlists that relay the latest plays and trades, like Audioburst Auto’s Sports feed.

Let’s get personal

While many smart-speakers and voice-assisted apps play a generic ‘news briefing,’ Audioburst allows you to have complete control when it comes to building your very own personalized news feed.

Pick and choose from a wide array of topics, ranging from content from our curated playlists and trending searches to the latest in news and entertainment. Even add your own keywords to the mix to make your playlist uniquely your own.

Whether you just need a quick update on today’s top stories, or you’re desperate for real-time Justin Bieber alerts, we’ve got your back.

  

Ask us anything

Sometimes you want to know what Kanye West has done now, while other times you may need the current traffic report for New York City.

Either way, Audioburst Auto has the answer.

Audioburst’s AI-powered search and discovery platform takes your question and returns fresh, relevant short-form audio results sourced from thousands of podcasts and radio broadcasts.

When you need information on-the-go, “talk to Audioburst” Auto.

Just the facts

The Audioburst Auto experience focuses on our signature audio ‘bursts’ — short-form audio snippets that capture the best moments from long-form talk-audio content. Bursts ensure that the experience delivered to listeners consists only of the content they want with no fillers.

With bursts, drivers don’t need to divert their eyes from the road to fiddle with a radio dial or fast forward to a specific timestamp in a podcast. Audioburst Auto surfaces the content that you want, when you want it, freeing you up for the task at hand.

“Bringing Audioburst’s short-form focus in-car is a no-brainer. No more pressing buttons, no distracted driving, just quality talk-audio content whenever you need it.”

— Rachel Batish, VP of Product, Audioburst

Download + Drive

Ready to take Audioburst Auto for a spin? Download Audioburst Auto from Google’s Android Auto store and “talk to Audioburst” today!

Audioburst unveils Studio, an easy-to-use SaaS platform that brings the best moments from podcasts and talk radio to third-party apps and websites ✨

 

Audio is experiencing nothing short of a modern-day renaissance.

Digital audio listenership is up, podcast popularity is growing exponentially, and more and more consumers are discovering the value of voice assistants and smart speakers.

Add to this the fact that, unlike text and video content, podcasting and other forms of talk audio are innately portable with the ability to be consumed during hours that up until now were content blackouts (or non-media hours) such as work, gym, and commuting. (Heidi Cohen)

Given audio’s move to the forefront of today’s content landscape and its direct correlation to increased engagement across devices, it’s no surprise that many brands are starting to consider the addition of audio in their marketing strategies.

Of course, implementing an audio content strategy as a larger company is less of a challenge — perhaps you spin up a podcast or create a new app or skill for your brand.

But what about individual webmasters and app developers?

How can they leverage audio to enhance their user experience or increase time spent on-page (or in-app) without breaking the bank?

We’re excited to announce that as of today, we have a solution:

Introducing Audioburst Studio, your free one-stop shop for integrating short-form audio content playlists filled with the best moments from podcasts and talk radio directly into your web or mobile app experience.

Bonus? No coding required!

How to create and integrate an audio content playlist (and player) in less than 10 minutes

 

1. Choose your industry

We’ve laid out a few preset industries that lend well to audio, but we know that when it comes to big ideas and innovation, thinking outside of the box can be how the magic begins.

So if you’re something special (ie. you don’t strictly identify with the other options ) we have a choice for you too.

2. Next up? Select a playlist

Our AI has cooked up 14 specially curated playlists that are full of fresh, smart, interesting, and sometimes wacky audio content. Depending on your chosen industry, we’ll suggest the three playlists we think your audience will fall for.

For instance, ‘Navigational’ apps may choose our ‘Success here I come’ playlist, a selection of unique content to get your users where they need to go, both literally and figuratively, plucked from topics such as:

  • Career
  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
  • Financial Advice
  • Mindfulness
  • Business Development
  • Real-time Local Traffic Reports

3. Or build your own!

If you’re feeling creative, we’ve also added the ability to craft your own personalized playlist from 100+ categories and topics.

Choose from subjects like world news, sports, or true crime to style a listening experience tailored specifically to the interests and hobbies of your users.

4. Choose where you’d like to publish your playlist

Playlists and players generated in Audioburst Studio can be deployed on both websites and mobile apps, with integrations for Amazon Alexa and Google Home slated for release in the near future.

5. Take your playlist for a test drive

You don’t buy a car without test driving and the same is true for your playlist and player!

Give your playlist a listen and see how our pre-made player might look as part of your site or app’s user interface.

Audioburst Studio SDK Simulation

6. And we have liftoff!

Deploy your newly minted player through the use of either an embedded player or via a mobile SDK.

If you already have a player that you know and love, no worries -use our APIs to introduce Audioburst functionality to your existing design aesthetic.

Democratizing audio

Whether at home browsing a favorite website or blog, catching up on entertainment news while sneaking in a workout, or looking up traffic conditions while in-car, Audioburst is working to make sure audio content is always available whenever and wherever your users want it to be.

“What we’re doing is democratizing audio — giving website and app owners a way to deploy highly-curated and targeted talk-audio playlists that will provide growth, monetization, and user satisfaction.”

– Rachel Batish, VP Product @Audioburst

 

Join Audioburst in our mission of connecting users to the world’s audio content… we promise you’ll like what you hear.

Getting started

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Comment below or shoot us an email to → support@audioburst.com

LGE is the First to Integrate Audioburst Deep Analysis API for Live Audio Streams

 

After several significant partnership announcements throughout the past twelve months (Harman, Radioline, Top Buzz & News Republic, and Nippon Broadcasting), Audioburst is closing out the year with a bang as we announce our latest product offering, Audioburst Deep Analysis, and as part of this offering, our first collaboration with LG Electronics (LGE).

Our two companies are teaming up to build the next big thing in in-car infotainment centers for leading automakers. The experience, which is still in stealth mode, is built upon our new Deep Analysis API, which adds an additional level of metadata categorization and provides a more in-depth understanding of the content being searched for and enjoyed in real-time.

“Automotive makers are seeking to redefine what in-car infotainment looks like alongside the progression of voice search, in-car personal assistants, and autonomous driving,” said Vice President Lee Sang-yong, Head of LGE Vehicle Infotainment System Research Lab. “ We are excited to lead the charge in developing the new gold standard and be the first to partner with Audioburst’s technology, which we will proudly debut to select partners at CES.”

“LGE is known for building innovative in-car infotainment systems, and today’s partnership showcases what’s achievable when the brand comes together with Audioburst’s unmatched AI technology to reimagine in-vehicle entertainment like never before” said Assaf Gad, VP of Marketing and Partnerships at Audioburst, “We are excited to introduce Audioburst Deep Analysis and collaborate with brands to better understand consumer behavior and listening experiences.

In January more details about the new Deep Analysis API will be unveiled at CES 2019 in Las Vegas — We hope to see you there!

For media inquiries, contact Jaimen Sfetko at: jaimen@audioburst.com