Apple HomePod

Yes, Apple should buy Sonos

Analyst Andrew Left of Citron Research says an Apple acquisition of speaker maker Sonos is likely.Citron Research on Sonos: "Like Peloton and Tesla, Sonos products are widely considered best in class with a brand that is worthy of much higher valuation multiples." That bit of news, as reported by Business Insider,...

Trendspotting: Smart speaker growth expected to slow

Amazon still leads by a wide margin.
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.
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...
Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit

Smart Home News: Wemo Mini smart plug now works with Apple HomeKit

Wemo today announced that its Mini Wifi Smart Plug now supports Apple HomeKit.That means you can now use your iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and even the HomePod speaker to control devices connected to the Wemo Mini plug. You can also use Siri to give voice commands -- "Siri, turn...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

Amazon soars, Alphabet & Apple falter – Are earnings an indication of Alexa’s momentum?

"Alexa, take a victory lap."Amazon stock (NASDAQ: AMZN) soared today in after-hours trading thanks to Q4 results that blew away expectations. Short of it: $60B revenue; $2.1B operating income. For a company as big as Amazon -- it's hard to fathom.Meanwhile, Google's parent company Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) missed its...
Apple HomePod ships Feb 9, 2018

Apple HomePod a tough sell especially without multi-room music

You have to really, really love Apple (and Apple Music!) for the HomePod to be a smarter buyer than the reasonably priced alternatives from Amazon and Google and Sonos.
Sonos 8.3 - Navigation and Display Improvements

Sonos app gets dark Now Playing screen, improved menus

You've got to hand it to the Sonos team.Despite the crush of competition for whole home audio from heavyweights such as Amazon (Echo), Google (Google Home), and others like Bose, Samsung (speakers plus SmartThings hub) and Heos (by AVR maker Denon) the Santa Barbara speaker company continues to innovate...