Smart Speakers

Amazon refreshes Echo Show devices, introduces new Kids model

Amazon has announced a refresh to its Echo Show range of smart displays. The company has introduced updates to the Echo Show 8 and Echo Show 5, and has introduced the Echo Show 4 Kids. Amazon said that the Echo Show is the fastest-growing family of Echo devices, and that the new models feature more […]

Record year for smart speakers

More than 150 million smart speakers were sold in 2020, a new report has revealed. According to the latest figures from Strategy Analytics, a positive holiday shopping season contributed to a positive year in which the market grew to a record size.  Unsurprisingly, Amazon, with its dominant range of Alexa-enabled Echo products, led the overall […]

Smart displays seeing increased demand as users convert from speakers

Users of smart speakers, like Amazon’s Echo or Google’s Nest ranges, are increasingly switching to smart displays. According to Strategy Analytics, the share of all smart speaker sales incorporating a display was 26% in Q3 2020, compared to 22% a year earlier. Smart displays sales in Q3 rose year-on-year by 21% to 9.5 million units, […]

Google reportedly looking to add Chromecast integration to Nest smart speakers

Google is reportedly working on integrating its Nest Audio smart speakers with its Chromecast streaming devices. In a comment made to The Wall Street Journal for a feature on smart speakers, a Google spokesperson said that the company is looking to integrate its smart home devices, though they did not specifically mention which products. It […]

Amazon Echo still top of the pile for CTV-smart speaker integration

Amazon Echo is the most-connected smart speaker brand to TV sets, but the gap is closing. According to a new study from Hub Entertainment Research, the Alexa smart speaker still leads the way when it comes to integration with CTVs but its share has decreased significantly in the past year. The research notes that Echo’s […]