• Apple's HomePod smart speaker gains FCC approval; launch could be imminent

    27 days ago - By Phone Arena

    Amazon and Google made good use of the delay that forced Apple to push back the launch of its HomePod smart speaker from December to sometime early this year. Echo and Home devices helped smart speakers have a very Merry Christmas and Chanukah. The relatively new product accounted for 7% of gifts handed out this holiday season in the states.
    Without Apple's high-end HomePod out of the way, both Amazon and Google had a clear playing field. While Microsoft's Invoke was available, along with a few other competitors, the top two smart speaker manufacturers ...
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  • Your smart home won't be full of smart speakers if everything is a smart speaker

    Your smart home won't be full of smart speakers if everything is a smart speaker

    28 days ago - By TechRadar

    This year at CES, it seemed like every manufacturer was boasting of voice assistant integration; Alexa and Google Assistant found their way into cars , bathroom mirrors , and even smoke alarms. And while initially it felt a little gimmicky, it actually solves one of the major niggling points of the smart home: you want to have access to your voice assistant in every room but don't really want to fill your home with speakers. The problem with having a house full of speakers is twofold really; firstly, where do they all go? If you've just got one sat in a prominent position in your living...
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