Friday, June 03, 2016

Google Founders Turn To Familiar Face To Run Nest As Fadell Departs

"Nest products are best-sellers in the category," Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said on the April 21 earnings call. "It's a leading brand in the connected home. It's obviously early, but a very exciting category." Alphabet CEO Larry Page said in a statement that Nest's revenue has increased more than 50 percent annually under Fadell.

For the $3.2 billion that Google spent on Nest, more is expected, said Tom Kerber, director of research at Parks Associates.

From the more

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Streaming Wars Heat Up As Roku Goes Ultra High-Definition

Research firm Parks Associates estimates that 86 million streaming devices will be sold globally by 2019. Among U.S. households with broadband, Roku leads with 37 percent market share, followed by Google Cast (previously Chromecast) at 19 percent, Apple TV at 17 percent and Amazon Fire at 14 percent.

From the article "Streaming Wars Heat Up As Roku Goes Ultra High-Definition" by Ari Levy.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Can Samsung Beat Apple With The New Galaxy S7?

"Apple remains the dominant smartphone manufacturer in the U.S., but Samsung is catching up," said Harry Wang, director of mobile product at Parks Associates. "Apple controls 40 percent of the smartphone market, while Samsung has 31 percent and LG is the next closest rival with 10 percent." according to Parks.

From the article "Can Samsung Beat Apple With The New Galaxy S7?" by Althea Chang.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

What the Street Got Wrong About Google

Market research and consulting firm Parks Associates estimates that 19 percent of households with broadband in the U.S. already own a smart home device, thanks in part to increased smartphone ownership.

"Mobile devices .... that's the default user interface outside the home or sometimes even in the home," said Tom Kerber, director of research at Parks Associates. "The smartphone is critical — it opened up the market when smartphones came out."

From the article "What the more

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Apple TV users are mostly Gen X men

It's still early days for the new Apple TV, which started shipping Oct. 30. The new device has an upgraded remote and app store that allows gaming, live sporting events and Siri-enabled search.

Sales of the older model had previously trailed competitors such as Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Google's Chromecast, according to separate research by Parks Associates. But Slice's new study indicates the tables have turned: With the addition of the new Apple TV, Apple has the largest sh more

Monday, October 19, 2015

Smart changing table: A Fitbit for babies?

The Smart Changing Pad, temporarily discounted to $199 and slated to ship in December, is one of a series smart devices aimed at young parents. Kodak, for instance, released a high-definition baby monitor app on Thursday.

Parents with children under 18 are twice as likely to have smart home products, according to an August survey of 4,043 adults released by Coldwell Banker brand and CNET. Parents with children at home are also more likely to access online health portals and more

Monday, August 31, 2015

Is Apple's TV upgrade too pricy for consumers?

Indeed, Apple TV trails Roku and Google for most-used streaming devices, according to research firm Parks Associates, while it is almost neck and neck with Amazon's Fire devices. By offering lower-priced, basic models such as the Fire Stick, Roku and Amazon have been able to rapidly meet and surpass Apple's market share, said Barbara Kraus, director of research at Parks Associates.

While the lower-end sticks and more powerful cube models each take about half the market now, more

Monday, January 05, 2015

Dish’s Sling TV launches $20, live, over-the-top service

In addition to live programming, the service will also include video-on-demand programming, as well as content from Maker Studios, the YouTube content producer that Disney purchased last year. And in a departure from the way TV bundles are typically sold—with a cable box or satellite TV antenna, and some sort of commitment—this service requires no hardware and no commitment. It doesn't entirely cut the likes of Comcast out of the equation, as users still need to pay for Internet more

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