Welcome to another edition of our smart home news update! This week we’ve got rumors of new voice assistant devices from Amazon and Google, some news about the Ecobee and Nest thermostats, and more.
Open stage…stage which appears to be entirely a screen…video starts playing…and you realize that everyone is actually sorry for Samsung about the Note 7 and really wants to give Sammy another chance….
Both are the center of an event today. Google, to coincide with the eclipse, will be holding a launch event at 2:40pm ET to release Android O on the world.
The smart home industry is still growing rapidly, and it seems like every week we hear about a new product announcement or feature. It can be hard to keep up, so I’ve collected a few of the more interesting news items here. Read on to find out what’s new!
File this under the category of “it’s about time”: whole-home music playback is finally coming to the Amazon Echo. Reports indicate that Amazon has completed its testing of the feature, so we can probably expect to see it in a software update any day now. Finally!
One of the constants of tech news is that there will be iPhone rumors, and this year has been no exception. 2017’s iPhone may actually be one of the most anticipated yet, with it being the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone’s release. What’s been interesting about it this time around is that while there have been plenty of rumors floating around, there hasn’t been much evidence to support any of the claims. For the most part, we have no idea what to expect from Apple this fall.
However, this week we’re starting to see some evidence that lends credence to a few of the rumors, and it came from an unlikely source: firmware for the Apple HomePod.
Eero just announced a few new products in its lineup that should be interesting if you’re considering upgrading your home WiFi network. With an improved version of their router as well as a new smaller product designed to act as a wireless access point, Eero is expanding their capabilities and potentially making their products more affordable for consumers. Let’s take a closer look at the new stuff.
With the success of the iPhone and iPad, it’s easy to see Apple as a mobile device company and forget that they make other products too. At times, it has felt like Apple has forgotten that too. But at this year’s WWDC conference, Apple did announce quite a few new things outside of its mobile lineup that I’m excited about. This post will cover some of those highlights, while our other WWDC post will focus on the mobile side of things.
Apple’s WWDC developer conference kicked off this week, and as usual Apple held a keynote on Monday to announce updates in its hardware and software offerings. This was an unusually long keynote and Apple didn’t leave very many of its products untouched, so there is a lot that I could potentially talk about. In the interest of keeping our articles to a reasonable length, this post is going to focus on mobile-related announcements. For all of the other WWDC announcements, check out our other post here.
Recently, Google held its yearly developer conference, Google I/O. Google is involved in a dizzying number of different projects and initiatives, but one of the stars of the show this year was the Google Assistant. Since Google Assistant is the voice assistant used on Android phones as well as in the Google Home, Google’s keynote presentation included some announcements that will be exciting to Android and Google Home fans. Let’s take a look at some of what Google announced. Some of this is available now and some will be available in the next few months, but there is some exciting stuff here.