Smart speaker stories
Hands-on review: JBL Boombox 3 Wi-Fi
The new JBL Boombox 3 Wi-Fi is no different – it's rugged, looks great, and, most importantly, performs excellently, offering rich sound with an envious amount of bass.
Apple is finally bringing the HomePod mini to New Zealand
Apple quietly announces the arrival of the HomePod mini in New Zealand, a compact smart speaker with 360-degree audio and Siri integration.
Bang & Olufsen's latest connected speaker screams 'premium' design
Danish audio brand Bang & Olufsen introduces its most advanced connected speaker to date, the Beolab 28, with a hefty price tag of AU$18,300.
Demand for stay-at-home entertainment sees smart speaker market soar
Global smart speaker market set to reach 163 million units in 2021, with Mainland China leading the way, according to Canalys.
Global shipments of smart audio devices reach 96.2 million - Canalys
Smart audio shipments soar to 96.2m, TWS leads despite pandemic slump in smart speakers.
Smart speaker market continues to grow - report
Smart speakers have seen a 53% growth, but the impact of COVID-19 on the industry remains uncertain, according to Futuresource Consulting.
Hands-on review: JBL Link Bar, the three-in-one smart speaker
JBL Link Bar review: A nifty 3-in-1 device combining soundbar, Android TV, and Google Home.
Smart speaker vendors breaking records despite coronavirus disruption
Global smart speaker shipments hit record in Q4 2019, Canalys reports.
Canalys: Smart devices to reach three billion by 2023
Smart device shipments are set to reach three billion globally by 2023, with smartphone sales remaining dominant, says Canalys.
Global smart speaker market experiences 45% growth
Amazon leads the global smart speaker market with 10.4 million units shipped in Q3 2019, according to Canalys. Google slips to fourth.
Hands-on review: The ASUS Lyra Voice is a smart router with the power of invisibility
It looks no different from a set of standard Bluetooth speakers, and it easily blends itself into any corner of the house.
Bose's new smart speaker puts the bass back in the beat
Bose's new Portable Home Speaker combines smart tech with quality sound at NZ$600.
Are they listening? Kiwis wary of smart devices
While talking aloud, a voice-activated, home-based smart speaker asked for more info - even though it was not turned it on.
Google slips further down the ranks in smart speaker market
Google has dropped to third place in the smart speaker market, with Baidu claiming second place behind Amazon, according to new data from Canalys.
Hands-on review: The Harman Kardon Allure Portable Speaker
Harman Kardon's Allure Portable marries quality sound with Amazon Alexa's voice control, offering both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
The world loves smart speakers - and China leads the way
People across the world love their smart speakers – and we have AI assistants like Amazon Alexa to thank for the revolution.
IDC: Smart home market only getting stronger
Smart speakers have moved into people’s homes and are ready to pay off as smart networks begin to spread throughout the household.
Amazon, Google, and Alibaba fuel booming smart speaker market
While these vendors have had great success in the market, other vendors like Samsung, Huawei, and Apple have failed to capitalise.
Are we security-ready for Alexa in the office?
As home-IoT devices such as smart assistants head into the office, there will be a raft of new security challenges that will need to be addressed.
Over 100 million smart home devices shipped in 2018
Smart home device shipments reached 110 million units in 2018, with a retail value of nearly $17bn, according to a report by Futuresource Consulting.
The 2018 Canalys APAC Channels Forum keynote
There was a lot to unpack at the Canalys APAC Channels Forum keynote. This long-form piece tries to cover all the most relevant points for ANZ.
Review: The Sonos Beam - more than a soundbar
Sonos’ is one of the serious contenders in the smart speaker market. Is the Beam soundbar worth taking seriously? I think it actually might be.
Consumer audio market poised for rapid growth - Futuresource
Smart speakers are a big part of the growth although headphones are doing some heavy lifting with prices on the up due to richer features.
Search to purchase will cause voice AI tech to bloom
This year it is estimated that over 100 million smart speakers will be installed - but it isn’t going to stop there.