Note: This is just one story from our Dec. 10 issue of TWICE (“The Lists Issue”) and part of our annual end-of-the-year Newsmakers feature. Think we missed someone or something? Let us know in the comments.
Two trends dominated the smart home category in 2018. On the product side, there is the growing battle for voice assistant ecosystem supremacy between Amazon and Google. Not only has there been hockey-stick growth in the number, as well as unit sales, of smart speakers, but the variety of smart home devices endowed with voice-control capabilities continues to widen seemingly exponentially, including in a new category — Echo Show-like smart displays.
One consequence of this growing smart home ecosystem battle is the food chain-like swallowing of smaller smart home players by even larger organizations to dominate through consolidation.
Here is some of the major product and acquisition news from 2018 from the leading smart home vendors.