Trust is the main barrier to smart speaker adoption – here’s what companies can do about that

This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here. Current subscribers can read the report here. Business Insider IntelligenceSmart speakers comprise one of the fastest-growing device segments in the consumer technology market today. Ownership levels have nearly doubled from early […]

Apple and Google have a long way to go to catch Amazon in the smart speaker race (AMZN, KRX, GOOGL, AAPL)

Smart speakers comprise one of the fastest-growing device segments in the consumer technology market today. This growth has been driven by rapid hardware iteration in the market since Amazon’s introduction of the Echo smart speaker and the Alexa voice assistant in 2014. Despite their growing popularity, nearly half of respondents to Business Insider Intelligence’s Smart […]

Teenage Engineering reluctantly adds Bluetooth audio to OD-11 speaker

For years, Teenage Engineering has chosen not to allow its users to stream music via Bluetooth to its flagship OD-11 speakers. And that’s despite it actually having a Bluetooth radio inside. The Swedish engineers have finally, reluctantly, given in and users can simply download a software update for their speaker to enable it. Weirdly, the […]

We compared the new Lenovo Smart Display to the Amazon Echo Show — and it’s clear which smart speaker you should get

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The Amazon Echo Show ($ 230) and the recently launched Lenovo Smart Display ($ 200 for the 8″ screen, $ 250 for the 10″ screen) are meant to directly compete […]

Google ‘Pixel Stand’ might turn your phone into a smart speaker

When the Pixel 3 comes out, it might launch with a special kind of wireless charging dock: one that could make buying a smart speaker unnecessary unless you need more than one. 9to5Google has decompiled the latest version of Google app beta and found strings of code talking about a “Pixel Stand.” The lines show […]

Most smart speaker owners don’t use their devices to shop online, and more than half say it’s because of a lack of trust (AMZN)

As it turns out, even consumers who willingly keep a smart speaker in their homes don’t trust them with certain personal information. A recent survey from comScore showed that 70% of smart speaker owners haven’t used theirs to order items online, presenting a big challenge to the AI-powered device’s potential to serve as a new consumer […]

LG G7 ThinQ’s speaker is apparently ten times louder than others

Another day, another LG G7 ThinQ teaser. Following the 1,000-nit super bright display, today the Korean giant decided to boast another feature on its upcoming flagship smartphone: the “Boombox Speaker.” As the name implies, we’re told to expect a speaker that “increases the base sound level by more than 6dB with twice the amount of […]