Category: Google: Google Home

Analyst firm: Smart speaker market will reach 100M units by year-end

Analyst firm Canalys is projecting that the global smart speaker market will reach 100 million units by the end of 2018. It further estimates that there will be 225 million smart speaker users by 2020. It’s not entirely clear what...

/ July 9, 2018

Report: Google Home beats Amazon Alexa in Q1 global device shipments

According to a new quarterly tracking estimate from Canalys, Google shipped more smart speakers in Q1 2018 than Amazon. Globally, the firm said that there were roughly 9 million units shipped overall. The three largest markets are the US, China and...

/ May 23, 2018

In (partial) defense of Apple’s HomePod

Apple’s HomePod is being hailed as the best speaker among the current smart speaker cohort, which includes Google Home, Amazon Echo, Alexa-enabled Sonos and others. But it’s also being heavily criticized for several flaws. The consensus of the criticism basically...

/ February 14, 2018

Apple HomePod gets mixed reviews, Nest returns to Google

The battle for the smart home is well underway, triggered by the advent of smart speakers. Apple’s entry, HomePod, will finally be released tomorrow. Meanwhile, it was formally announced that Nest will become part of Google, which now has a formidable hardware division....

/ February 8, 2018

Survey: Amazon Echo owners spend $400 per year more than Prime subscribers on Amazon

Based on a survey of 2,000 consumers who made purchases on Amazon.com in 2017, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) has determined that Amazon Echo owners are even more valuable to the company than Prime members. CIRP grouped Amazon shoppers into...

/ January 3, 2018

Report: Google to reabsorb Nest to better compete with Amazon in smart home market

According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Google is considering bringing its smart home device unit, Nest, back under the Google umbrella. Nest was acquired in January 2014 for roughly $3.2 billion. Nest became part of Google’s “other...

/ November 30, 2017

Has Apple already missed the smart speaker market?

With the recent news that Apple’s HomePod smart speaker wouldn’t ship until next year, the company is missing the critical holiday shopping season. This is a potentially momentous decision. Apple released a statement saying it needed “a little more time...

/ November 29, 2017