By Chelsea Cafiero · October 18, 2017 • Sonos One is Play:1 with voice, Amazon Alexa with better sound, and Apple HomePod with a more pervasive voice assistant.
By Julie Jacobson · October 17, 2017 • Julie Jacobson and Avi Rosenthal wonder why Amazon chose ZigBee for Echo Plus home-automation hub, when Z-Wave is more interoperable, secure, supportable, and ubiquitous.
By Julie Jacobson · October 16, 2017 • Countering the Amazon-bashing, Julie Jacobson says new CEDIA program may or may not work, but don't dismiss it just because Amazon might change its smart-home strategy in the future.
By Chuck Schneider · October 13, 2017 • Smart-home pros would be 'foolhardy' to trust Amazon's intentions in launching 'Custom Home Services' for CEDIA-certified installers.
By Julie Jacobson · October 4, 2017 • New Sonos One speaker becomes home-automation hub with six-mic array and Alexa voice control; Google Assistant comes in 2018. Plus, a more “open” API?
By Julie Jacobson · September 29, 2017 • Amazon's new home-automation play includes ZigBee-enabled Echo Plus (not Z-Wave?) and Alexa services such as Routines, enabling macros to be activated by voice control or time and day. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Chelsea Cafiero · September 13, 2017 • Kohl's customers in 10 stores across Los Angeles and Chicago will have a chance to test out and purchase Amazon Echo, Dot and Fire devices — and sign up for Amazon Smart Home Services for in-home consultations.
By Julie Jacobson · August 31, 2017 • Debuting at CEDIA 2017, Valet Amp from Origin Acoustics delivers premium whole-house audio, Alexa voice control, and a host of Amazon services with about $200 worth of Echo Dots. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Jason Knott · August 7, 2017 • Control4 data supports the notion that Amazon Alexa voice control does not hurt, but supports custom installation of smart home control systems.
By Jordan O'Brien · August 2, 2017 • CasaTunes has announced support for Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and other Alexa devices for its whole-house audio system as well as its DIY musicBox 6 servers.
By Julie Jacobson · July 19, 2017 • Lennar reportedly is shedding traditional IoT products and ‘CEDIA’ installers in favor of wireless DIY home automation systems installed by Amazon Smart Home Services. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · July 11, 2017 • SnapAV’s G. Paul Hess, who has a house full of DIY and pro-oriented home-automation products, shares opinions on Google Home, Amazon Alexa and the new Echo Show, plus a few words on Siri. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Julie Jacobson · June 29, 2017 • Amazon’s patent application for voice-controlled light switch describes multiple mics on the faceplate and switch itself, so it can respond based on the position of the speaker (user) and whether the light is on or off. (Julie Jacobson / CE Pro)
By Robert Archer · June 22, 2017 • Amazon's smart home 'device with a screen' gains IC Realtime compatibility through ICMyCloud, along with other smart home security/surveillance camera feeds like August Home and Netgear.
By Robert Archer · June 15, 2017 • Not surprisingly, Amazon’s Alexa dominates the voice control market, followed by Apple's Siri, Savant, Google and Comcast. Check out the complete list in our 2017 Brand Analysis.