SMART HOMES GET SMARTER, TECH COMPANIES MORE COMPETITIVE

Builder Online: Some tech companies, such as Apple and Amazon, have partnered with home builders to bring smart-home technology to entire developments. Others are developing new virtual assistants as an alternative to Alexa and Siri.

Nest's home security system costs $499 and comes with magnetic door sensors

Nick Statt for The Verge: Nest is getting serious about home security with an entirely new product family it's calling Nest Secure. Announced at a hardware event in San Francisco, Nest detailed a new modular system that is designed to make home security more modern and simple.

Amazon has 76% smart home speaker U.S. market share as Echo unit sales reach 15M, new study finds

Taylor Sopper for GeekWire: Amazon first entered the smart home speaker scene two years ago with its original Echo device; it now also sells different models like the $49.99 Echo Dot, which accounts for more than 50 percent of Echo products in the wild, CIRP noted.

Global $100+ Bn Home Automation System Market Analysis & Trends

Global Home Automation Market is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 12.4% reaching $72.78 billion by 2022 from the market value of $36.09 billion in 2016.

Home Professionals Gear Up for Smart Tech Surge

HomeAdvisor-CEDIA survey of home service pros reveals broadening opportunities for pros in the smart home field

Panasonic rolls out cool smart home concept

Paul Ridden for New Atlas: The Movable Fridge will come when called, and return to its cubby hole in the kitchen when no longer needed.

Nest Launches A Cheaper Thermostat To Bring The Smart Home To The Masses

Aaron Tilley for Forbes: Called the Nest Thermostat E (E for everyone!), the new wall gadget will have nearly all the same internal hardware and software as its $250 counterpart, but will be $80 less for a total of $170.

New era for Samsung: Smart home technology & Galaxy Note 8

April Slattery for CBR Online: More smart features will be introduced to the Samsung smart home system as well as the new release of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

IKEA'S SMART HOME DARES TO MAKE SENSE

Brian Barrett for Wired: But the way Ikea has so far approached its Trådfri LEDs illustrates exactly how the furniture behemoth can light a path toward a generation of products that finally fulfill the smart home's potential. They're cheap. They're easy. And most importantly, they'll soon speak HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Assistant with equal fluency.

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.

Roomba vacuum maker iRobot betting big on the 'smart' home

Jan Wolfe for Reuters: "There's an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared," said Angle.

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