49% of Smart Speaker Users Can't Imagine Life without One: Strategy Analytics

49% of Smart Speaker Users Can't Imagine Life without One: Strategy Analytics

Lindsey Duncan
September 21, 2018

The next-generation Echo Dot now features a softer fabric design and an all-new curved shape. "And, all of that happens in less than thirty seconds", according to Amazon. Later this year, they'll also be able to pipe their Ring doorbell camera's feed right to the Echo Show's screen (Ring is an Amazon-owned brand nowadays). It also features a temperature sensor, so it can trigger routines based on your home's climate.

The Amazon Smart Plug is the first Wi-Fi smart plug to use Wi-Fi simple setup, making it easier to start - and expand - your smart home with connected devices.

With the Echo Sub, you can also use two of the same Echo devices to create a left/right stereo pair, something which you couldn't do before, although you could group them.

"There are dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers; a passive bass radiator; and Dolby processing to deliver expansive stereo sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs, flawless for listening to your favorite music", Amazon said.

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The Google Home Hub smart display will reportedly cost just $149, which is quite a little cheaper than the Google Assistant-powered devices from Lenovo and JBL. In terms of total volume, the numbers look less impressive at 11.7 million units shipped during Q2 2018, but the variety has exponentially grown globally in the last 12 months with more and more companies trying capitalise on the market growth.

If you have a Google Home, you'll already be aware of the talents Google Assistant has up its virtual sleeves. And why would Amazon want to make one? The screen takes up most of the Echo Show's front, and angles down the rear for a stylish, trapezoidal look. That's Echo Input. With it, you can connect to any speaker in your home and turn it into a smart speaker. You can ask it facts, to add things to your diary, to play a specific song, to hear the latest headlines or even to tell a rib-tickling joke. CIRP points out that Apple did this with the Apple TV, which for years lagged behind devices from rivals like Roku and Amazon.

Amazon on its product page says the Echo Sub is now only compatible with 2 generation Echo and Echo Plus devices. The device is also listed as having Bluetooth connectivity, but the Bluetooth certification is unspecified. Amazon says the clock will help customers keep a tab on reminders, alarms and even the time easily.