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Amazon Echo leads smart speaker market with 76% share

Trendspotting: Amazon Echo still leads smart speaker market at 70% share, followed by Google Home at 25% (Report)

Amazon's early bet on Alexa and smart speakers and assistants continues to payoff.A new report today shows CEO Jeff Bezos and team with a still commanding lead in the smart speaker market. Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) reported smart speaker market share as of June 30, 2019 as follows:...
Trendspotting: Amazon Echo Dot dominates voice-activated digital assistant market

Amazon sets sights on Sonos, developing rival high-end audio speaker

AI-powered smart speakers are convenient. But, for the most part, they could sound much better.
Introducing Echo Show 5 – Compact smart display with Alexa

Smart Home News: Amazon Echo Show 5 smart speaker takes on Google Nest Hub

Say hello to Amazon's new, compact smart display, the Echo Show 5.Given the success of smart home devices -- and especially smart speakers -- it's not much of a surprise that today we get yet another choice, yet another AI-enabled device. This time from the current leader in the...

Sonos One 2nd gen gets updated internals — app still better than Amazon Echo

The superb Sonos App for music control keeps its speakers like the Sonos One a step ahead.
Google Home and Amazon Echo Dot

Trendspotting: Smart speaker sales top 66 million units, Amazon Echo leads with 70% market share

This past holiday season the smart speaker was the hot seller. No surprise then that the market continues to grow at a rapid pace.According to a new report, there are now over 66 million smart speaker devices in the U.S. That's up about 25% from the year prior (53...
Alexa app compared to Sonos for whole home audio

Replacing Sonos with Amazon Echo & Alexa – is it a good idea?

As a long-time fan of Sonos products such as the Sonos One and Play:5 speakers I've been watching Amazon Echo products with interest. I wonder, could they replace a Sonos setup for whole home audio?The advantage of going with Echo, of course, is that you get all the additional...
How to (not) disable the Amazon Echo Alexa Try card

Amazon Echo: The one thing that drives me (and others) absolutely bonkers

Try "Alexa, ..."For all the amazing capability voice assistants bring to our homes, there's often a gotcha here or there, after all this is new technology with the Echo Dot kicking off the smart speaker revolution merely three years ago in 2015.Speaking of Echo, the one thing that drives...
Alexa app compared to Sonos for whole home audio

Trendspotting: Echo Dot smart speaker leads way for Amazon on Cyber Monday

We love the Echo Dot. In fact we really, really love the tiny smart speaker. If there was any doubt about our obsession with all things Alexa, that was cast aside in a major way yesterday.Amazon says this year's Cyber Monday was the company's biggest shopping day ever. Ever....
All-new Echo Show (2nd Gen) - Premium sound and a vibrant 10" HD screen

Amazon unveils new Echo Show with larger 10″ screen, better sound

Amazon today unveiled a 2nd generation Echo show featuring a larger screen. You can now get the Alexa-powered speaker with a 10" screen and improved Dolby audio.There's a bunch of other small improvements to the two-year-old original Echo Show including:Real-time Dolby processing 8 microphone array 3rd party browsers,...
Smart Home News: Google Home now supports Spotify Free music streaming

Smart Home News: “Hey Google, wake me up to some jazz in 30 minutes”

Okay Google, wake me up in 30 minutes to some funky jazz.And there you go. You can now use ask Google Home to wake you to music. The long awaited feature is now here, confirmed by an email from Google with examples on how to add a little excitement...