This is the problem with tech. The same issue applies to consumer IoT devices. People are replacing things like doorbells and light switches and thermostats -- things that traditionally had a long lifespan -- with things that may be dead and obsolete in a few years. The fact that this comes hot on the heels of the backlash to the "Recycle Mode" isn't good news for Sonos, and feeds into the narrative that Sonos is cash-grabbing and looking to sell more speakers. … [Read more...] about Why is Sonos dropping support for older speakers, and does the reason hold up?
“We know that for younger people spontinuity is key,” Ikea creative design leader Michael Nikolic says. “The idea of gathering some friends could become a reality in minutes. What is needed to have a good party at home? That’s what we wanted to investigate with Frekvens. Together with Teenage Engineering, we have explored the possibilities of taking the party with us.” … [Read more...] about Ikea and Teenage Engineering launch co-developed speakers and party products
"We hebben jullie gehoord. We hebben dit van in het begin fout aangepakt," zegt Spence in de brief waarmee hij de beslissing van Sonos om oudere apparaten niet langer van updates te voorzien, probeert recht te zetten. Hij claimt dat deze producten nu nog wel "zo lang mogelijk" bug fixes en beveiligingspatches zullen ontvangen. … [Read more...] about Oudere Sonos speakers krijgen wel nog bug fixes, maar geen nieuwe functies
Under Koh's tenure, Samsung developed the Bixby voice assistant, but the technology is seen as lagging that of rivals like Amazon's Alexa. The long-awaited Galaxy Home smart speaker, which would feature Bixby, has never gone on sale. Samsung started talking about the smart speaker in early 2018, and it showed off the device during its Galaxy Note 9 unveiling in August 2018. Koh told CNET in February 2019 that it would hit the market in a couple of months, but it still hasn't materialized. It now appears Samsung will first launch a smaller version of the smart speaker. … [Read more...] about Samsung mobile chief steps back from day-to-day operations
"We heard you on the issue of legacy products and modern products not being able to coexist in your home. We are working on a way to split your system so that modern products work together and get the latest features, while legacy products work together and remain in their current state," Spence wrote. … [Read more...] about Sonos CEO apologises but will not provide software updates for legacy products