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Amazon’s Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features

Amazon’s Echo Buds get new fitness tracking features I wasn’t super impressed when I reviewed the Echo Buds around this time last year, but Amazon’s first shot at Alexa-powered fully wireless earbuds was passable. And while they’ve already been on the market for a while now, the company’s continuing to deliver some […]

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The smart speaker market is expected grow 21% next year

The smart speaker market is expected grow 21% next year New numbers from Canalys point to a strong growth in smart speaker shipments in Mainland China this year. The market is on track to grow 2020, having gotten the COVID-19 pandemic mostly under control in recent months. The rest of the world […]

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Amazon Echo review: Well-rounded sound

Amazon Echo review: Well-rounded sound Six years ago, Amazon essentially created a new consumer electronics category. Expectations weren’t particularly high when the first Echo device debuted in November of 2014. Amazon, after all, has never shied away from throwing a new device against the wall to see what sticks — if anything, […]

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Amazon makes Alexa Routines shareable

Amazon makes Alexa Routines shareable Amazon is making it easier for Alexa devices owners to use Routines. The feature, which has been around for years, allows Alexa users to combine multiple tasks into a single voice command of their choosing. For example, you could make a routine that turns off your lights, […]

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Echo Looks will cease functioning in July, as Amazon discontinues the camera

Echo Looks will cease functioning in July, as Amazon discontinues the camera Introduced in mid-2017, the Look was one of the more obscure — and, honestly, kind of bizarre — entries in the Echo line. It was a small camera designed to take videos and selfies of its owner, using machine learning […]

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Smart speaker sales reached new record of 146.9M in 2019, up 70% from 2018

Smart speaker sales reached new record of 146.9M in 2019, up 70% from 2018 Global smart speaker sales hit a record high last year with shipments of 146.9 million units, up 70% over 2018, according to a recent report on the state of the smart speaker market from Strategy Analytics. Though Amazon […]

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Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices

Nearly 70% of U.S. smart speaker owners use Amazon Echo devices Amazon’s dominant position in the U.S. smart speaker market will continue through this year and the next, with rivals like Google and Apple only making slight dents in Amazon Echo market share, according to a report published today by eMarketer. The […]

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The robot homecoming is upon us

The robot homecoming is upon us Robots were everywhere at CES, as has been the case for at least a decade. But there’s a different tenor to the robots shown off at the recent annual consumer tech event: they’re designed for home use, and they’re shipping products, not just concepts intended strictly […]

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Here’s a Mickey Mouse version of Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock

Here’s a Mickey Mouse version of Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock Amazon’s original Echo Wall Clock was mostly fine. Some consumers ran into connectivity issues with the device, but it was mostly okay. It’s one of the most passive members of the Echo family of devices, mostly doing its wall clock thing, until […]

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Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the U.S.

Apple and Spotify’s podcasts come to Echo devices in the U.S. Amazon Alexa can now play podcasts from Apple, making Amazon’s line of Echo devices the first third-party clients to support the Apple Podcasts service, without using AirPlay. Before, this level of support was limited to Apple’s HomePod. According to Amazon, the […]

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