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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

HomePod Gets Multi-Room Audio Chops With iOS 11.4

The addition of multiroom functionality for the HomePod advances Apple's strategy for the product, said Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst at Parks Associates.

"Its market entry approach was to introduce the HomePod as a high-quality speaker positioned for a whole home audio experience," she told TechNewsWorld. "Multiroom audio with the ability for multiple HomePods to work off of one another to create an immersive audio experience is a natural step for Apple."

From the a ...read more

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A Home Robot Could Be Amazon's Next Gamble

Robot vacuum cleaners represent a thin market sliver, according to Parks Associates. They can be found in just 5-6 percent of broadband households.

"It's not a breakout product, but it's far and ahead the most commonly adopted robotic assistant," Parks Research Analyst Dina Abdelrazik told TechNewsWorld.

However, at 11-12 percent, the number of broadband households that owned both a robot cleaner and a smart speaker was slightly higher than the number that owned a robot ...read more

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Smart Homes: The Power, the Pleasure and the Pain

Amazon's servers were down for a large part of the morning on the day the outage occurred, taking Alexa-powered devices out of commission. Incidents like this may occur more often as the popularity of smart home devices grows.

Overall, 75 percent of security device sales include at least one smart home device, according to Parks Associates.

Smart speaker shipments totaled 32 million units in 2017, 300 percent up year over year, Strategy Analytics found. Google and Amazon ...read more

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Are Smart TV Designs Taking Home Security for Granted?

Security has been a growing concern with the increased use of smart television and video streaming devices, observed Brett Sappington, director of research at Parks Associates.

"For many years, there was no reason to hack a television or a smart streaming media player," he told TechNewsWorld.

It was only with the advent of subscription-based video services and transactional video that you started to see financial data, like credit card numbers, get stored online, Sapping ...read more

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Apple's HomePod Set to Barge Into Hot Speaker Market

"Apple is restricting Siri support for third-party applications, which may hamper growth of the product ecosystem and play as an advantage to competitors," said Dina Abdelrazik, a research analyst with Parks Associates.

Where voice commands are processed for the HomePod also could be a problem for the product, she noted.

"Apple is shifting the processing of vocal commands away from the HomePod and onto an iOS device paired to the HomePod," Abdelrazik told TechNewsWorld. ...read more

Friday, August 25, 2017

Consumer Healthcare: Growing Importance of Patient Education and Communications Solutions

As these solution providers emerge, care organizations also are remapping their patient communications strategies, and rethinking how they manage patient experiences in and out of clinical settings. Many care organizations recognize that a holistic approach is better and more effective than today's siloed approach, which is centered on patient diagnosis and point-of-care settings.

This recognition gives rise to what Parks Associates views as a second major trend: Care organi ...read more

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Google May Have Pixel Chromebook Showcase, Tiny Home in the Works

Google's introduction of a "little brother" for its Home smart speaker is a much-expected move, said Brad Russell, a research analyst at Parks Associates.

"They need a low-cost entry point for consumers that aren't already in the space," he told TechNewsWorld.

One of the goals of these product lines is ubiquity in the home, Russell pointed out.

"The reason Amazon's Dot has been so successful is not just because it's cheap -- it's because you can afford to put one in ...read more

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Apple May Be Prepping Siri for Smart Home Duty

Entry into the smart speaker market makes sense for a company with smart home aspirations.

"As the success of Echo and Google Home took off, everyone expected Apple to follow suit," said Brad Russell, a research analyst with Parks Associates.

Battle lines are being drawn over who will have the dominant voice technology in the home.

"Consumers have really responded to voice control, and the Echo has accelerated that," Russell told TechNewsWorld.

"It's pretty much ...read more

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