Smart Home

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...
Lutron Aurora Smart Bulb Dimmer

Smart Home News: Lutron joins ‘Friends of Hue’ program, launches new Aurora smart bulb dimmer

The scenario is all too common and frustrating for those embarking on their smart home journey:You install a smart bulb, say one made by Philips Hue which lead the industry, in a family room ceiling light. The problem, however, is that that light fixture will always need power for...
Google Home Hub smart speaker with display: Continued Conversations icon

Continued Conversation: Fewer Okay Googles needed for Google Home Hub

Continued Conversation for Google Home smart speakers is here.Basically the new feature enables you to continue issuing voice commands without having to continually say "Okay Google" or "Hey Google" each time.For instance, you might ask Google about today's weather. As the speaker is giving you forecast information, a small...
eero acquired by Amazon news

Amazon acquires Eero, doubles down on smart home (and data collection?)

Eero indicates its data collection policy will remain the same, but with a new owner perhaps anything is possible.In what was a surprise move eero, a mesh network company, was acquired by Amazon yesterday. Much like the Ring video doorbell eero will give Team Bezos further reach into the...
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...