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Loup Ventures: Amazon still tops U.S. smart speakers, but Google projected to take the lead

Loup Ventures has published its latest update to its forecast of smart speaker sales. The revised predictions anticipate that 2019 will see 72 million unit sales, up from 52 million sales in 2018. The company is adding Chinese manufacturers to its global model, reflecting the growing presence those brands are having on international sales. Continue Reading

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Survey: Will listeners switch to music services from their smart speaker brands?

Smart speakers present a potentially valuable new option for music services to reach listeners. The space poses a particular interest for tech firms operating in both hardware and software, since they can create brand loyalty within audiences who will buy their devices and then continue to provide revenue as subscription listeners. Continue Reading

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Samsung is working on a second voice-controlled speaker before launching its first

Samsung teased its first foray into smart speakers in August, and the tech company is still forging ahead with new ideas before that debut project has even launched. After introducing the Samsung Galaxy Home last year, a new FCC filing from the tech giant shows that it is working on a second, smaller device. Continue Reading