smart speakers

  • 39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, report claims

    39 million Americans now own a smart speaker, report claims

    One in six Americans now own a smart speaker, according to new research out this week from NPR and Edison Research – a figure that’s up 128 percent from January, 2017. Amazon’s Echo speakers are still in the lead, the report says, as 11 percent now own an Amazon Alexa device compared with 4 percent who own a Google Home product. Today, 16 percent of Americans own a smart… Read More

  • iHome debuts a Google Assistant-powered clock radio, the iGV1

    iHome debuts a Google Assistant-powered clock radio, the iGV1

    Amazon’s Echo Spot, introduced late last year, smartly combined the power of Alexa with a more traditional clock radio type form factor and interface, complete with a screen for video viewing and calls. Now, the Google Assistant-powered competitors are starting to emerge. At CES this week, iHome is debuting its own take on the “smart” clock radio, with the iGV1… Read More

  • Smart speakers top AR, VR and wearables to become fastest-growing consumer tech

    Smart speakers top AR, VR and wearables to become fastest-growing consumer tech

    Amazon and Google were willing to┬álose money on smart speaker sales over the holidays by discounting their hardware in order to gain market share. The reason? Smart speakers are now the fastest-growing consumer technology – faster than any other recent consumer technology, including AR, VR or wearables, according to a new report today from Canalys, which pegs smart speaker shipments to… Read More

  • Roku joins the voice computing market with smart soundbars, speakers and more built by partners

    Roku joins the voice computing market with smart soundbars, speakers and more built by partners

    Roku, which sells the most popular brand of streaming media players in the U.S., is now aiming to carve out a niche for itself as the voice control platform for home entertainment. Today, Roku is unveiling a licensing program for manufacturing partners that include reference designs for smart speakers, smart soundbars, surround sound and multi-home audio systems that use new Roku Connect… Read More

  • Amazon’s Alexa app hits the top of the App Store for the first time

    Amazon’s Alexa app hits the top of the App Store for the first time

    Amazon’s claims that the Echo Dot was the retailer’s best-selling product all through this holiday season appear to be backed up by the rise of the Alexa app in the U.S. App Store. The companion app for Alexa-powered devices like the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Spot, grabbed the number one spot for the first time ever on Apple’s App Store on Christmas, and remains… Read More

  • Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

    Amazon’s latest Echos show the smart home space hitting its stride

    Amazon’s Echo lineup got a refresh earlier this year that included a brand new version of its basic Echo, well as an Echo Plus with integrated smart home hub, and the stalwart Echo Dot – unchanged, but still a compelling device at its price point. The new lineup of devices also made its way to more markets this year, including an expansion to Canada just this month, which is why I… Read More

  • YouTube returns to the Amazon Echo Show

    YouTube returns to the Amazon Echo Show

    When the Amazon Echo Show first debuted, it included a YouTube feature, as is right and proper for a device with a screen capable of playing video and connecting to the internet. But Google quickly nixed the Echo Show YouTube player, since it was a non-standard presentation of the company’s stuff which did not comply with their terms of use. Now, YouTube is back on Echo Show (via… Read More

  • Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the car

    Muse is a simple dedicated Amazon Alexa add-on for the car

    Want to bring Alexa into your vehicle? You now have a few options, including a new $49.99 accessory from voice tech company Speak Music, which is launching Muse, essentially a Bluetooth-enabled Amazon Echo for the car. The small device allows you to access Alexa skills while on the go, using voice commands and the “Alexa” wake word, while connecting to your in-car stereo system… Read More