Amazon Echo multiroom audio not far off, report says

Megan Wollerton for CNet: Amazon is ready to launch whole-home audio for its Alexa speakers, one report claims.

Pebble and Essential designer Liron Damir joins Google to work on Home products

Chaim Gartenberg for The Verge: Between his previous experience developing webOS for TVs, his time at Pebble, and his work at Essential, Damir's hire makes sense for Google, especially as the company begins to build out more visual user experience interactions with Home.

Smart home platform Wink has been acquired by will.i.am

Thuy Ong for The Verge: Struggling smart home platform Wink has been acquired by lifestyle and technology company, i.am+, the company owned by musician and hit and miss (but mostly miss) tech entrepreneur will.i.am.

Google adds more partners to growing smart home ecosystem

Peter Newman for Business Insider: Over 70 companies in smart home automation have made their devices compatible with Google's smart home assistant.

Swidget turns any home into a "smart home" using existing wiring

Mike Hanlon for New Atlas: Swidget is a modular electrical outlet designed to turn any home into a smarthome using existing wiring, replacing a traditional electricity outlet with an outlet capable of using "snap in" inserts.

2017 Tech Growth Exceeds Expectations: Industry Revenue to Reach Record Levels as Emerging Categories Soar, Says CTA

Industry to surpass $300 billion in revenues; drones, VR, OLED TV categories to cross $1 billion threshold

Amazon Is Testing a Geek Squad-Like Service for Smart Home Tech

Phil Wahba for Fortune: The online store has been assembling an army of experts to offer free consultations for its Alexa products.

Is Sonos Still The King Of Wireless Home Audio?

Simon Cohen for The Digital Circuit: Here then, is a look at the top choices for whole-home wireless audio…

Does 'Smart Home' Make Best Buy a Smart Pick?

Ben Levisohn for Barron's: One analyst bets Best Buy will be a big winner of out connected universe.

Amazon is trying to strengthen its position against competing smart home products

Nicholas Shields for Business Insider: Developers for connected camera companies can now build skills to link their devices to the forthcoming Echo Show.

Samsung and LG products may soon be able to communicate with one another

Brian Reigh for Android Authority: Imagine being able to see the inside of your LG fridge on your Samsung TV. That might become a reality as early as this year according to sources.

InfoComm 2017 gets going in Orlando, Florida

InfoComm 2017 is slated to be bigger then ever. HomeToys.com's special InfoComm newspage will bring you up to date on the breaking News and announcements from this years show.

Apple Frees Up Its Smart Home Platform To Kickstart Development

Aaron Tilley for Forbes: At a Wednesday morning developer session at this year's WWDC, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with.

Parks Associates: Retail the Leading Sales Channel for Smart Home Purchases

The firm's consumer research has detailed a shift in smart home purchase behaviors in the past year as retail is now the most common purchase channel for smart home products.

Apple Joins Smart-Speaker Race With Music-Focused 'HomePod'

Alina Selyukh for NPR The Two-Way: Apple has finally unveiled its answer to Amazon's and Google's smart speakers slash digital assistants - and it's called HomePod.

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