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The NextMarket Report — Belkin

Smart Home Weekly: Google & Smart Kitchen, Twitter & Smart Home, Apple Watch Invasion

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This is the Smart Home Weekly, Cinco De Mayo edition.  As always, if you haven't subscribed to get this every week in your inbox, do so here.  The last week or two has been fairly slow for smart home news, unless of course we're talking about the Apple Watch. With the release of Apple's wearable last month, developers for every major smart home device are busy creating an app for a device that could singlehandedly make wearables mainstream. A handful were ready at launch, and this past week SmartThings, a Samsung company, jumped into the fray.  Outside of Apple Watch, the...

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Are We At the Beginning Of A Smart Bulb Price War?

Mike Wolf Belkin GE Philips Smart Bulb WeMo

While no device category in the relatively young smart home market can really be called mature, if there is one that is 'more mature' than others I'd say its the smart bulb space. The market, which I still expect to continue to grow exponentially in the coming 3-5 years, is the one with the greatest degree of competition. At CES, there were probably more smart bulb products than any other category and because of this competition we're seeing the early signs of a price war. As noted at CNET, we saw today that Belkin is cutting its prices, which follows Philips Hue...

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Verizon Wades Back Into Smart Home Waters With Hiring of Belkin's Wemo Chief Ohad Zeira

Mike Wolf Belkin Verizon

Verizon's been rumored for some time to be getting back into the consumer IoT and smart home game. If there was any doubt after the news of the Greenwave powered IoT router, there shouldn't be after today. That's because Verizon has hired the head of Belkin's WeMo product, Ohad Zeira, to head up their smart home and home automation efforts.  With the move, Zeira will relocate from California to the corporate headquarters of Verizon in Basking Ridge and drive their increased efforts in this space. It will be interesting for me to see Verizon give more attention to the smart home...

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Smart Home Weekly: Home Depot, Samsung, Cisco, Deutsche Telekom, Nest/IControl

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It's the Smart Home Weekly for the week ending/beginning December 14, 2015. It's been a couple weeks since the last Smart Home Weekly so we've got lots of ground to cover, but the sad news for you smart home addicts is the news flow is beginning to slow, always the case in the run up to CES. Bottom line, companies want to keep their powder dry as they head to Vegas in January. Industry watchers also start to wind down and move into "best of" list making mode before they take off for the holidays. I'll have a few end of year posts/podcasts...

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