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New York – Braven and Jabra have expanded their portable Bluetooth speaker selections in a market that has grown at triple-digit percentage rates in units and dollars so far this year.
NPD Group’s Retail Tracking Service found retail-level unit sales of Bluetooth-only speakers, excluding Bluetooth-equipped speakers with docking pins, rose 379 percent for the year through August on a dollar gain of 213 percent.
Irvine, Calif. – Mobile-device accessory maker Incipio Technologies purchased Braven, the privately held maker of battery-operated Bluetooth speakers.
Incipio said it will make Braven’s products available to its 40,000 retail locations worldwide, although Braven products will continue to be available through Braven’s sales channels. The brand will launch new products in the coming months, Incipio added.
Santa Clara, Calif. – GPS supplier Magellan diversified its wearable-electronics lineup with the launch of its first fitness-oriented smart watch, which joins a pair of fitness-oriented GPS watches launched in 2012.
Toronto — Startup Mass Fidelity launched its first product, a $249 Bluetooth receiver promoted as offering CD-quality sound.
The Relay, milled out of a seamless block of aerospace-grade aluminum, is also promoted as looking like a high-end audio component, thanks to its brushed finish and radiused corners.
To deliver the performance of high-end components, the Relay streams AAC and AptX over Bluetooth and features 24-bit Cirrus Logic audio processor, 24-bit Burr-Brown DAC, and dual simultaneous 24-bit/48kHz digital outputs.
San Diego — Soundcast Systems, the supplier of high-end wireless speakers, is entering a new audio market with the launch of its first Bluetooth speaker, an outdoor model priced at a suggested $449.
The company is “receiving broad response” from custom installers, CE dealers and retailers of outdoor-living products, a spokesperson said. Shipments start the first week of July but will be on allocation until August, the spokesperson added.
San Francisco – The Android OS will soon join the iOS and BlackBerry 10 operating systems in providing native software support for Bluetooth Smart Ready technology, Google announced here at its developers conference.
Cambridge, U.K. – More CE products are coming equipped with CSR’s AptX audio codec for Bluetooth.
The latest products include the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and Scandyna’s active SmallPod and MiniPod Bluetooth speakers.
Nashua, N.H. — Jabra took the wraps of its next Bluetooth headset, the Motion, mean for use in unified communication (UC) environments.
The device features motion sensors that let users answer calls by picking up the headset, adjust the volume while walking using intelligent noise control, and turn it off by placing it down. It has a foldable boom, behind-the-ear design and nearfield communications (NFC) pairing. The speaker can be rotated for left- or right-ear wearing, and three sizes of ear gels are included.
Dover, N.H. — VXi has begun shipping the newest Bluetooth headset in its BlueParrott line: the Xpressway II.
The $119 headset, which was first introduced at International CES in January, offers a variety of wearing configurations: over the ear using an ear hook, over the head, and behind the neck. It uses the company’s Xtreme Noise Suppression technology to reduce ambient noise by 94 percent, according to the company, and features A2DP support.