Nest vs Ring vs Abode vs SimpliSafe: Which smart home security cameras have the best privacy? – CNET

If you saw my recent post on the best home security systems CNET has tested, then you know that you’ve got more options than ever these days. Upstart DIY systems like SimpliSafe, Abode, Ring Alarm and Nest Secure have given established powerhouses like ADT some dynamic new competition.

If you saw my recent post on the best home security systems CNET has tested, then you know that you’ve got more options than ever these days. Upstart DIY systems like SimpliSafe, Abode, Ring Alarm and Nest Secure have given established powerhouses like ADT some dynamic new competition. Meanwhile, more and more homeowners are choosing to monitor their homes on their own via video doorbell.

All of these systems rely on wireless transmissions within your home and to the cloud, too — so what steps are these companies taking to keep those signals secure? And what about all of those video clips ($189 at Walmart) — how do these companies handle the footage, and what steps do they take to protect user privacy?

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Those were the questions I asked six of the top systems we’ve written about. Specifically, I was interested in knowing what sort of encryption practices each system uses, as well as any measures each company takes to keep user data — mainly the saved video clips from their cameras — private.

I also asked each company about their apps — can you enable two-factor authentication to help keep someone from brute-forcing their way into your account? What about Face ID and Touch ID for iOS users?

Security providers can be understandably reluctant to detail their internal practices and the ways in which they keep their systems secure. The last thing they want is to provide bad guys with a precise view of what they’d be going up against were they ever to try and hack into the system. Still, some were willing to share their specific encryption standards (most employ Transport Layer Security, or TLS, which is the same standard used to encrypt much of the web). Others preferred to talk about their methodology in more general terms, such as SimpliSafe describing its encryption as “industry standard.”

More interesting might be each company’s policies for handling user video clips, which is less a question of security than one of privacy. Some companies simply store the clips for the user and delete them after a set period of time. Others follow procedures that allow them to view and analyze user clips in order to improve features like motion detection and facial recognition. That includes Ring, which didn’t specify how long it hangs on to those clips.

I’ve done my best to parse through all of it and summarize the responses in the table above. Below, you’ll find the exact, word-for-word responses that I received from spokespersons for each company:

Abode

1. How does Abode handle user camera footage? What practices are in place to help ensure privacy?

Video data is only kept within the Abode system for as long as the customer’s plan dictates. Free customers have access to three days of timeline, Connect customers have access to 14-days of timeline and Secure customers have access to 90-days of timeline. Video footage that is stored by the customer on Abode servers is kept secure and encrypted and not accessible to support staff or management. Abode does not share video data or any personal data with any third-party companies.

In the event of an alarm, if a customer has a camera enrolled within their Abode system and professional monitoring, video is sent to the central monitoring center to verify the alarm and if needed, dispatch the appropriate authorities. The moment that alarm is analyzed (dispatch vs. no dispatch) connection to video is severed and the CMC no longer has access to video or a customer’s live video feeds.

2. What steps does Abode take to prevent someone from hacking into the system, or from jamming it? What sort of encryption does Abode use?

The Abode gateway is constantly checking communications to the deployed wireless devices for gradual interference and if that is purposely being interfered with. Whenever a signal jamming period lasts longer than 30 seconds, a “Jamming” notification will be sent to the users and reported to the Central Monitoring Center where jamming operating procedures take place.

For data at rest, like video storage, Abode uses AES 256 encryption.

3. How does Abode keep the app controls secure? If someone wants to reinforce their login with two-factor authentication or another added security measure, is that an option?

Abode offers users the option to secure their account through two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication adds additional security to your Abode home by requiring a code generated by the Google Authenticator App on your phone when logging in from a new device. For complete security, enable two-factor authentication for each user account that has access to your Abode system in your home. Customers can find additional information on two-factor authentication for their Abode home here. Additionally, Abode supports Touch ID and Face ID from Apple on the iOS app which adds extra security with additional convenience.

ADT

1. How does ADT handle each user’s camera footage? What practices are in place to help ensure privacy?

ADT is a proponent of Security and Privacy by Design principles, and our systems limit ADT’s ability to access our residential customer’s video footage, such as when needed to service a system for a customer. By policy, and through technical restrictions, this footage can only be accessed once specific protocols are followed, and use of those protocols is logged. Customers are also notified whenever designated ADT personnel have been authorized to access their system.

2. What steps does ADT take to prevent someone from hacking into the system, or from jamming it? What sort of encryption does ADT use?

ADT works closely with our product and technology partners to employ industry best practices to help minimize the risk of hacking for the intrusion prevention devices that we use, and we regularly conduct penetration testing of these products, as well as our own internal systems, to help minimize the risk of vulnerability exposure. While jamming is a potential issue for radio devices generally, ADT systems monitor for loss of connectivity with wireless devices and can report that to the customer.

ADT has also implemented two-way encrypted communications for sensors in the new ADT Command panel that allows for both secure communications, and awareness when a sensor has lost contact with the panel.

3. How does ADT keep the app controls secure? If someone wants to reinforce their login with two-factor authentication or another added security measure, is that an option?

ADT’s customer apps for their interactive security systems are secured using username and password, with Touch ID and Face ID options, if they are supported on the customer’s mobile device. Two-factor authentication is also supported on the new ADT Control application — now generally available across the United States. The Control application also allows access to be disabled remotely, if a customer loses their phone. All application access is logged, and available for the customer to review.

Comcast Xfinity Home

1. How does Comcast handle user camera footage? What practices are in place to help ensure privacy?

We have a team at Comcast dedicated specifically to camera security. We only activate video recording when customers opt-in and choose the service. We retain video files for customers with 24/7 Video Recording for 10 days on an encrypted server and then delete them. We retain video clips from Xfinity Home customers with rules-based video files for 30 days and then delete them. Customers can also choose to save their security camera files locally on their own devices. We do not use the recordings for marketing purposes or analyze them in any way.

2. What steps does Comcast take to prevent someone from hacking into Xfinity Home setups, or from jamming their signals? What sort of encryption does Comcast use?

We build security into our products from the design phase to the end of their life cycle. Our product security practices include routine security audits, 24/7 monitoring and penetration testing. We also work with the security research community to identify and resolve issues that may impact customers. RF signal jamming detection is built into our hardware and paired with algorithms running at all times to detect jamming attempts and report it to our backend systems. We meet or exceed industry standards for jamming detection in residential home security systems.

While the encryption we use varies by product and service, our security approach centers on widely adopted, standards-based encryption technologies. These include Transport Layer Security (TLS), certificate validation, field-level encryption for information stored in databases, on-disk encryption for any stored information and multi-factor authentication.

3. How does Comcast keep its app controls secure? If someone wants to reinforce their login with two-factor authentication or another added security measure, is that an option?

No user credentials are ever stored on the Xfinity Home mobile app. We also offer multifactor authentication for Xfinity Home and a number of other Xfinity products and services. Customers can find information about how to sign up for multifactor authentication here.

Nest

1. How does Nest handle user camera footage? What practices are in place to help ensure privacy?

Nest uses TLS to protect the transport of data from the camera to the Cloud. The video is encrypted at rest when stored in the Cloud. AES 256-bit encryption is used to encrypt the data.

Privacy or security sensitive actions, such as viewing video and audio content generated by customer usage of Nest products, always require permission/authenticated access authorized by the device owners.

2. What steps does Nest take to prevent someone from hacking into Nest Secure security systems and Nest Hello ($229 at Crate and Barrel) video doorbells, or from jamming their signals? What sort of encryption does Nest use?

At Nest, we design our products with security in mind — from the hardware components we use, to software and account level controls we provide to our users. Prior to release, Nest products undergo a rigorous security testing process where we identify and remediate security vulnerabilities that would impact the reliability of the Nest platform and the security of customer data.

Nest products require authenticated access to perform functions that change the configuration of the device after initial setup. No default credentials exist for configuration or setup functionality that could be reused from device to device.Nest products leverage industry-standard encryption technology to protect data in transit over the internet. Data from your devices, such as video and audio content, that is stored in Google’s infrastructure is encrypted at rest.

The information that passes between Nest Detect sensors and Nest Guard is encrypted at multiple levels, including encryption during transmission, additional encryption that’s specific to the home the products are in, and encryption between our products and the cloud.

When security vulnerabilities are identified in a Nest product that has been released, we will remotely update the product to fix the issue as soon as possible. Nest uses embedded security measures such as code signing to validate software updates running on our devices to mitigate against device compromise.

Nest, in coordination with the Google bug bounty program, offers a bug bounty program to search for and address vulnerabilities. We also work with well-known and reputable security companies to conduct independent third party security audits of our products and services.

Nest Secure can detect jamming attacks and will alert customers if it senses an attack. Also, because Nest Detects don’t use Wi-Fi to communicate with the Nest Guard, even if your home Wi-Fi goes down, the Detects can still tell Guard to sound the alarm in the event of a break-in.

3. How does Nest keep its app controls secure? If someone wants to reinforce their login with two-factor authentication or another added security measure, is that an option?

Nest offers two-step verification, which helps prevent someone from signing into your account in the Nest app without your permission. With two-step verification your phone helps prove your identity any time you sign into your account or make other changes to security settings.

Ring

1. How does Ring handle user camera footage? What practices are in place to help ensure privacy?

We take the privacy and security of our customers’ personal information extremely seriously. In order to improve our service, we view and annotate certain Ring video recordings. These recordings are sourced exclusively from publicly shared Ring videos from the Neighbors app (in accordance with our terms of service), and from a small fraction of Ring users who have provided their explicit written consent to allow us to access and utilize their videos for such purposes. Ring employees do not have access to livestreams from Ring products.

We have strict policies in place for all our team members. We implement systems to restrict and audit access to information. We hold our team members to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our policies faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties. In addition, we have zero tolerance for abuse of our systems and if we find bad actors who have engaged in this behavior, we will take swift action against them.

2. What steps does Ring take to prevent someone from hacking into Ring Alarm and Ring Video Doorbell setups, or from jamming their signals? What sort of encryption does Ring use?

We have taken measures to make Ring devices secure. These include disallowing third party application installation on the device, rigorous security reviews, secure software development requirements and encryption of communication between Ring devices with other Amazon services such as AWS servers.

We understand the importance of keeping data secure and follow industry standards when it comes to encryption protection. We use a combination of AES encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard) and TLS (Transport Layer Security). We also encrypt the data between Ring Doorbells and Cams using AES encryption, TLS, and SRTP (Secure Real Time Protocol).

As a security company, security is at the core of Ring’s mission and drives everything we do. Ring dedicates significant time and money to product and network security. We have an in-house team that is constantly working to ensure Ring products are secure; we also work with several outside firms to perform security testing on all devices. In order to maintain your device’s security, we recommend keeping your firmware up-to-date and using strong, unique passwords for both your Wi-Fi network and device account.

3. How does Ring keep its app controls secure? If someone wants to reinforce their login with two-factor authentication or another added security measure, is that an option?

Two-factor authentication is currently rolling out to customers and will be available to all users soon. Ring values the trust our neighbors place in us and we are committed to the highest level of customer information and data security. As we continually work to make our devices and services more useful and secure for our users, we are actively developing new security features and capabilities, including the ability to reject comprised passwords.

SimpliSafe

1. How does SimpliSafe handle user camera footage? What practices are in place to help ensure privacy?

Our cameras are designed with privacy in mind at all steps:

All of our indoor cameras have a built-in privacy shutter. Customers can open or close it whenever they want, from the app. We are actually the only security company that does this.All communication between the base station, the app and our indoor and outdoor cameras—whether it happens via Wi-Fi or via cellular signal—is encrypted.All video storage is totally opt-in. Customers who want their cameras to record video (rather than just live-streaming to the SimpliSafe app) choose to do that, and subscribe to recording services that enable this feature.Even then, recordings only happen when the camera is triggered (by movement, or by the system being otherwise triggered, armed or disarmed). Those videos are stored on a secure server for 30 days. Only ~10 of our engineers have access to the server. Even those employees are not able to view videos as stored, due to a proprietary storage method we developed. All of these recordings are deleted after 30 days.

2. What steps does SimpliSafe take to prevent someone from hacking into the system, or from jamming it? What sort of encryption does SimpliSafe use?

We adhere to industry standard encryption methods. Sensor communication with the Base Station is encrypted, as is communication from the Base Station to back-end servers. We have jam detection in place to prevent jamming.

3. How does SimpliSafe keep the app controls secure? If someone wants to reinforce their login with two-factor authentication or another added security measure, is that an option?

Two-factor authentication is currently in the works, and will be offered to customers on an opt-in basis. Same with notification systems around new IP addresses and devices, so that if you log in from an unrecognized device and/or location you will be notified.

Users can already see any mobile devices that are logged in on the web platform, and force log-out any of them.


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Huawei Announces Its New “Four-Engines” Brand Strategy, Leading Intelligent IP Networks

SHENZHEN, China, April 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — At the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei announced its new brand strategy for IP networking and unveiled four new engine series products for the IP network in the intelligence era.

SHENZHEN, China, April 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — At the Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei announced its new brand strategy for IP networking and unveiled four new engine series products for the IP network in the intelligence era. These announcements signify Huawei’s relentless efforts to build ubiquitous connectivity, release 100 percent AI computing power by using an ultra-broadband lossless network, and help users march rapidly into a fully connected, intelligent world.

With the advent of 5G, cloud, and AI, hundreds of billions of production and office terminals will collaborate and unite with each other, 100 percent of enterprise services will migrate to the cloud and, with AI adoption expected to reach an estimated 86 percent by 2025, there will be many potential security issues to be addressed. All these trends are posing greater challenges for digital transformation of enterprises. The network is the basis of enterprises’ digital transformation, but needs to overcome some core challenges, such as how to carry and flexibly deploy enterprise services, how to ensure uncompromised experience for migrating these services to the cloud, and how to ensure ICT security. Huawei believes that the future network must be simple and AI-capable, so that it can proactive detect service changes and predict network risks in time. These expectations will drive enterprise ICT infrastructure transformation, helping enterprises reshape business models and continually improve the customer experience for optimal outcomes in the future.

Kevin Hu, President of Huawei Data Communication Product Line, said: “Huawei has more than 20 years of expertise in the IP field. We are committed to building differentiated innovative products and continuously applying digital technologies, such as 5G, cloud computing, and AI to IP networks. We believe that the intelligent IP networks built with the four engine series products can continuously empower users with business intelligence.”

Huawei’s four new engine series products for the IP network are AirEngine, CloudEngine, NetEngine, and HiSecEngine.

AirEngine: Huawei first Wi-Fi 6 commercial product builds on 5G strengths of Huawei. It has passed the highest performance verification of the Tolly Group, an international authoritative test organization. Huawei 5G smart antenna and intelligent application acceleration technologies increase the Wi-Fi coverage area by 50 percent, shorten the Wi-Fi network latency to 10 milliseconds, and achieve an optimal mobile experience. CloudEngine: Huawei’s embedded AI chip and unique AI algorithm enable zero packet loss and the fastest forwarding performance in the industry, successfully leading data center networks into the AI era. Huawei campus switches stand out with the highest forwarding performance, and they build on AI-powered application identification and dynamic network algorithms to build a packet loss-free, high-quality campus network. The distributed AI O&M architecture can reduce fault identification from minutes to seconds, shorten automatic fault location from hours to minutes, and reduce OPEX by 40 percent. NetEngine: Huawei NetEngine intelligent metro routers have the largest capacity in industry, are SRv6 ready, and offer full-lifecycle intelligent automation. With NetEngine, one network can carry B2B, B2C, and B2H services. It provides intelligent connections and application-level SLA assurance for many vertical industry applications, building a solid digital foundation for the 5G era. Huawei next-generation NetEngine AR6000 series SD-WAN routers use a brand-new architecture and are designed with rich hardware acceleration engines and unique Ultra-Fast forwarding algorithms, improving SD-WAN performance to three times the industry average. All these merits make them ideal WAN edge routers with the fastest speeds and optimal experiences. HiSecEngine: Based on core concepts of Huawei’s HiSec security solution, this high-performance network security engine accurately identifies unknown threats to ensure always-on core services. It provides an intelligent defense system to protect the fully connected, digital world.

At the Summit, China CITIC Bank shared innovative practices on how to build their intelligent data center network with Huawei CloudFabric Solution. China CITIC Bank successfully reinvents their IT and data center network systems, paving the way for fast FinTech innovation and intelligent operations. CloudFabric assists the Bank with one-click disaster recovery switchover and fast completion of the network configuration in minutes. With an AI-based intelligent O&M platform, the solution ensures 99.999 percent service continuity and security of financial transaction systems.

Guo Xiaodong, Director of Guarantee Department of Qingdao Campus, Shandong University, introduced the joint innovation project between Huawei and Shandong University on campus network practices. Huawei’s all-scenario Wi-Fi is deployed in multiple campuses, such as the central campus of Jinan. The network intelligent analyzer CampusInsight is also used to improve the campus teaching experience. CampusInsight monitors the user experience in real time to ensure zero authentication failure and zero network faults. This technology allowed the 8,000 people at the 2018 graduation ceremony, held at stadium in Shandong University, to simultaneously have wireless access.

In the data communication field, Huawei will continue to build more intelligent connections, bringing digital to every person, home, and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world. Meanwhile, Huawei will collaborate with more enterprise customers in network innovation design and in-depth service practices. We believe that Huawei Intent–Driven Network (IDN) will help more enterprises succeed in digital transformation for the AI and cloud era in the future.

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Huawei lança AirEngine, uma nova marca de Wi-Fi, e anuncia o lançamento dos seus produtos Wi-Fi 6 para comercialização em massa global

SHENZHEN, China, 19 de abril de 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Na Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei e Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) realizaram uma mesa redonda com o tema “Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value” (Desbloqueando o Valor dos Negócios).

SHENZHEN, China, 19 de abril de 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Na Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei e Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) realizaram uma mesa redonda com o tema “Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value” (Desbloqueando o Valor dos Negócios). Na mesa redonda de mídia, a Huawei anunciou a AirEngine como sua nova marca de Wi-Fi, que será utilizada em suas séries completas de produtos Wi-Fi 6 para empresas. Além disso, com a presença de analistas e mídia do mundo inteiro no local, a Huawei destacou que seus produtos Wi-Fi 6 foram lançados em grande escala em cinco importantes regiões do mundo.

Aplicações emergentes como Realidade Virtual (RV), Realidade Aumentada (RA) e 4K requerem banda mais larga, maior simultaneidade e menor latência, o que se apresentam como desafios às redes Wi-Fi tradicionais. Estes desafios devem ser resolvidos o mais rapidamente possível durante a transformação digital das empresas. É aí que entra a AirEngine da Huawei. A AirEngine é a prova do compromisso da Huawei com redes Wi-Fi de alta qualidade. Trata-se de um mecanismo de conexão wireless que acelera a transformação digital dos serviços empresariais.

Três vantagens atraentes fazem com que a AirEngine se destaque: desempenho extremamente bom, experiência de usuário ideal e capacitação de novos negócios. A AirEngine apresenta o melhor desempenho do setor, conforme comprovado pela Tolly, uma influente empresa internacional de testes. A AirEngine se baseia nos pontos técnicos fortes provenientes da tecnologia de antena inteligente 5G da Huawei e das tecnologias de aceleração inteligente de aplicações, e atinge uma otimização inteligente para uma experiência de usuário ideal e continuidade de serviço. A AirEngine também pode comportar novas aplicações, como 4K e RV, e utilizar a cooperação aprofundada com parceiros a fim de obter a transformação wireless para serviços de ensino, pesquisa, fabricação e outros de missão crítica, possibilitando novos negócios.

“Com capacidade técnica incomparável, a AirEngine da Huawei permite que redes wireless ofereçam serviços de rede tradicionais com fio de forma eficiente e confiável. As vantagens típicas incluem o ensino fácil de RV/RA em educação, conferências de alta definição 4K e escritórios wireless para empresas, bem como veículos guiados automaticamente (Automated Guided Vehicles, AGVs) sem perda de pacotes em ambientes de fabricação industrial. A AirEngine da Huawei acelerará a transformação digital de empresas de vários setores”, disse Zhao Zhipeng, presidente do domínio de rede de campus da linha de produtos de comunicação de dados da Huawei. “A Huawei, uma das principais contribuintes do padrão Wi-Fi 6, tem promovido ativamente o desenvolvimento de todo o setor. A Huawei é a primeira fornecedora a lançar produtos Wi-Fi 6 comerciais. Atualmente, nossos APs Wi-Fi 6 estão lançados em cinco grandes regiões do mundo”.

Na mesa redonda de mídia, Kevin Robinson, vice-presidente de marketing da WFA, compartilhou os últimos desenvolvimentos e previsões da tecnologia Wi-Fi 6 para o setor e opinou de maneira perspicaz sobre o impacto da mesma na transformação digital das empresas. Ele declarou: “Agradecemos as grandes contribuições da Huawei para o desenvolvimento da tecnologia Wi-Fi 6, desde padrões e protótipos até o uso comercial. A WFA acredita que 2019 será o ano do uso comercial da tecnologia Wi-Fi 6 e lançará um programa de certificação Wi-Fi 6 no terceiro trimestre de 2019”.

A AirEngine foi especificamente projetada para a criação de redes Wi-Fi importantes e de alta qualidade que apresentam conexões de alto desempenho, experiência de usuário ideal e capacitação de novos negócios. A Huawei e seus parceiros trabalharão em estreita cooperação para fornecer conectividade onipresente e inteligência generalizada a clientes governamentais e empresariais. Além disso, a Huawei continuará a usar a plataforma digital para integrar novas TIC, ajudando seus clientes a operar a transformação digital.

Sobre a Huawei

A Huawei é uma importante fornecedora global de infraestrutura de tecnologias de informação e comunicação (TIC) e de dispositivos inteligentes. Com soluções integradas em quatro domínios-chave: redes de telecomunicações, TI, dispositivos inteligentes e serviços em nuvem, temos o compromisso de levar a tecnologia digital a todas as pessoas, casas e empresas para termos um mundo totalmente conectado e inteligente.

O portfólio completo de produtos, soluções e serviços da Huawei é competitivo e seguro. Através da colaboração aberta com parceiros do ecossistema, criamos valor duradouro para nossos clientes, trabalhando para capacitar as pessoas, enriquecer a vida doméstica e inspirar inovação em empresas de todos os tipos e tamanhos.

Na Huawei, a inovação está centrada nas necessidades dos clientes. Investimos muito em pesquisa básica, concentrando-nos em novidades tecnológicas que façam o mundo evoluir. Temos mais de 180.000 funcionários e operamos em mais de 170 países e regiões. Fundada em 1987, a Huawei é uma empresa privada e totalmente de propriedade de seus funcionários.

Para obter mais informações, visite a Huawei online em www.huawei.com ou nos siga em:
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Get a 4-pack of Wi-Fi smart outlets for $18 – CNET

The last few times I’ve written about smart-plug deals, they’ve sold out rapidly. Here’s hoping this one is different.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amysen (via Amazon) has a four-pack of Wi-Fi smart plugs for $18.39when you clip on the on-page $2-off coupon and apply promo code 94G4Q4ZR at checkout.

The last few times I’ve written about smart-plug deals, they’ve sold out rapidly. Here’s hoping this one is different.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Amysen (via Amazon) has a four-pack of Wi-Fi smart plugs for $18.39when you clip on the on-page $2-off coupon and apply promo code 94G4Q4ZR at checkout. Regular price: $34. (Note: In my recent experience, those coupons often disappear when a vendor shares a promo code. So if you don’t see it, it’s because Amysen decided to pull it. Thankfully, $20.39 is still a very good price for this.)


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Also, if you click through and see something other than that four-pack, it means Amysen’s inventory (of that particular item) is gone.

These round plugs are among the most compact I’ve seen — plugging one into a standard two-socket outlet won’t block the other socket.

If you’ve never used outlets like these before, they connect to your home Wi-Fi network, giving you control via an Android or iOS app. You can set schedules and timers, which is great if you want to switch lamps on or off at designated times or if you’ve got a Crock-Pot you want to kick on midway through the day.

Also of note: These are compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, meaning you can say things like, “Alexa, turn on the lamp in the living room.” The accompanying instruction manual is illustrated and admirably easy to follow.

So if you’ve been wanting to join the smart-home revolution, here’s your chance to add smarts to lamps, appliances and whatnot for cheap. Really, really cheap.

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Huawei presenta a AirEngine como su nueva marca de Wi-Fi y anuncia el despliegue de sus productos Wi-Fi 6 en el mercado mundial

SHENZHEN, China, 19 de abril de 2019 /PRNewswire/ — En la Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei y Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) organizaron una mesa redonda para los medios de comunicación con el tema: “Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value” (Wi-Fi 6: Liberación del valor empresarial).

SHENZHEN, China, 19 de abril de 2019 /PRNewswire/ — En la Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019, Huawei y Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) organizaron una mesa redonda para los medios de comunicación con el tema: “Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value” (Wi-Fi 6: Liberación del valor empresarial). En la mesa redonda para los medios, Huawei anunció a AirEngine como su nueva marca de Wi-Fi, la cual se aplicará a toda su serie de productos Wi-Fi 6 de clase empresarial. Asimismo, en presencia de los medios de comunicación mundial y de los analistas presentes, Huawei destacó que sus productos Wi-Fi 6 han sido desplegados a gran escala en cinco importantes regiones alrededor del mundo.

Aplicaciones emergentes tales como la realidad virtual (VR, por sus siglas en inglés), la realidad aumentada (AR, por sus siglas en inglés) y la 4K, requieren más ancho de banda, mayor concurrencia y menor latencia, lo cual plantea desafíos a las redes Wi-Fi tradicionales. Estos desafíos se deben resolver lo más rápidamente posible durante la transformación digital de las empresas. Es ahí donde entra en juego el AirEngine de Huawei. AirEngine es la prueba del compromiso de Huawei con las redes Wi-Fi de alta calidad. Sirve como un motor de conexión inalámbrica que acelera la transformación digital de los servicios empresariales.

Tres atractivos beneficios hacen que AirEngine destaque: un rendimiento ultra alto, una experiencia de usuario óptima y la posibilitación de nuevos negocios. AirEngine presenta el mejor rendimiento del sector -según lo verificado por Tolly, una influyente organización internacional de pruebas. AirEngine se basa en las fortalezas técnicas que se originan en la tecnología de las antenas inteligentes Huawei 5G y en las tecnologías inteligentes de aceleración de aplicaciones, las cuales le permiten alcanzar una optimización inteligente para una experiencia de usuario óptima y la continuidad del servicio. AirEngine puede también acomodar nuevas aplicaciones tales como 4K and VR y aprovechar la cooperación en profundidad con los socios a efectos de lograr una transformación inalámbrica para la enseñanza, la investigación, la fabricación y otros servicios de misión crítica, posibilitando nuevos negocios.

“Con fortalezas técnicas sin igual, Huawei AirEngine permite a las redes inalámbricas transportar en forma eficiente y confiable los servicios de las redes de cable tradicionales. Entre los beneficios típicos se incluyen: una enseñanza fluida de la VR/AR en el ámbito educacional, conferencias en 4K de alta definición y oficinas inalámbricas para las empresas, así como vehículos guiados automatizados (AGV, por sus siglas en inglés) sin pérdida de paquetes en entornos de fabricación industrial. Huawei AirEngine acelerará la transformación digital de las empresas en diversos sectores”, afirmó Zhao Zhipeng, presidente del Dominio de Redes de Campus de la Línea de Productos de Comunicación de Datos de Huawei. “Huawei, uno de los principales contribuyentes al estándar Wi-Fi 6, ha estado promoviendo activamente el desarrollo de todo el sector. Huawei es el primer proveedor en lanzar productos comerciales Wi-Fi 6. En la actualidad, nuestros Wi-Fi 6 AP (puntos de acceso Wi-Fi 6) han sido desplegados en cinco importantes regiones alrededor del mundo”.

En la mesa redonda para los medios de comunicación, el vicepresidente de Marketing de la WFA, Kevin Robinson, compartió los últimos desarrollos y pronósticos del sector de la Wi-Fi 6 y ofreció ideas esclarecedoras acerca del impacto de la Wi-Fi 6 en la transformación digital de las empresas. Manifestó: “Agradecemos las enormes contribuciones de Huawei al desarrollo de la Wi-Fi 6, desde los estándares y prototipos hasta el uso comercial. La WFA considera que 2019 será el año del uso comercial de la Wi-Fi 6 y lanzará un programa de certificación de Wi-Fi 6 en el tercer trimestre de 2019”.

AirEngine está específicamente diseñado para el desarrollo de redes líderes de Wi-Fi de alta calidad que incluyen conexiones de alto rendimiento, una experiencia de usuario óptima y la posibilitación de nuevos negocios. Huawei y sus socios colaborarán estrechamente con el propósito de proporcionar conectividad ubica e inteligencia omnipresente para clientes gubernamentales y empresariales. Asimismo, Huawei continuará utilizando la plataforma digital para integrar las nuevas TIC, ayudando a los clientes a navegar por la transformación digital.

Acerca de Huawei

Huawei es un proveedor de infraestructura y dispositivos inteligentes de tecnología de la información y comunicaciones (TIC) líder a nivel mundial. Con soluciones integradas a lo largo de cuatro dominios clave -redes de telecomunicaciones, TI, dispositivos inteligentes y servicios en la nube- estamos comprometidos a llevar la tecnología digital a todas las personas, hogares y organizaciones en pro de un mundo inteligente y completamente conectado.

El completo portafolio de productos, soluciones y servicios de Huawei es a la vez competitivo y seguro. A través de una colaboración abierta con los socios del ecosistema, creamos un valor duradero para nuestros clientes, trabajando para empoderar a las personas, enriquecer la vida en el hogar e inspirar la innovación en organizaciones de todo tipo y tamaño.

En Huawei, la innovación se centra en las necesidades del cliente. Invertimos fuertemente en investigación básica, concentrándonos en los avances tecnológicos que impulsan al mundo hacia adelante. Tenemos más de 180.000 empleados y operamos en más de 170 países y regiones. Fundada en 1987, Huawei es una empresa privada de propiedad integral de sus empleados.

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Huawei présente AirEngine, sa nouvelle marque pour le Wi-Fi, et annonce le déploiement sur le marché mondial de la grande consommation de ses produits adaptés au Wi-Fi 6

SHENZHEN, Chine, 19 avril 2019 /PRNewswire/ — À l’occasion du Sommet mondial des analystes 2019 de Huawei, Huawei et la Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) ont organisé une table ronde avec les médias, placée sous le thème « Le Wi-Fi 6 débloque de la valeur commerciale ».

SHENZHEN, Chine, 19 avril 2019 /PRNewswire/ — À l’occasion du Sommet mondial des analystes 2019 de Huawei, Huawei et la Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) ont organisé une table ronde avec les médias, placée sous le thème « Le Wi-Fi 6 débloque de la valeur commerciale ». Lors de cette table ronde avec les médias, Huawei a annoncé qu’AirEngine est sa nouvelle marque pour le Wi-Fi et qu’elle va être appliquée à toute sa gamme de produits Wi-Fi 6 destinés aux entreprises. Par ailleurs, en présence des médias et des analystes internationaux sur l’évènement, Huawei a souligné que ses produits Wi-Fi 6 ont été déployés à grande échelle dans cinq grandes régions du monde.

Les applications en plein essor telles que la réalité virtuelle (VR), la réalité augmentée (AR) et la 4K demandent plus de bande passante, une plus grande simultanéité et une latence réduite, ce qui pose des défis aux réseaux Wi-Fi traditionnels. Ces défis doivent être relevés le plus rapidement possible pendant la transformation numérique des entreprises. C’est là qu’intervient AirEngine de Huawei. AirEngine témoigne de l’engagement de Huawei à l’égard des réseaux Wi-Fi de grande qualité. Elle sert de moteur de connexion sans fil qui accélère la transformation numérique des services des entreprises.

AirEngine se démarque par ses trois avantages convaincants : des performances très élevées, une expérience utilisateur optimale et le déploiement de nouvelles activités. AirEngine offre les meilleures performances de l’industrie, comme l’a confirmé Tolly, un organisme d’essais international qui exerce de l’influence. AirEngine s’appuie sur les atouts techniques issus des technologies d’antenne intelligente Huawei 5G et des technologies d’accélération des applications intelligentes et elle effectue une optimisation intelligente pour maximiser l’expérience utilisateur et la continuité de service. AirEngine peut également s’adapter à de nouvelles applications telles que la 4K et la VR et tirer parti d’une collaboration approfondie avec des partenaires afin d’opérer une transformation vers le sans fil destinée à l’enseignement, la recherche, la fabrication et à d’autres services absolument essentiels, ce qui donne lieu à de nouvelles activités.

« Les atouts techniques sans commune mesure d’AirEngine de Huawei permettent aux réseaux sans fil de transporter en toute efficacité et fiabilité les services de réseaux câblés traditionnels. Parmi les avantages caractéristiques, on peut mentionner l’enseignement pédagogique grâce à la réalité virtuelle et la réalité augmentée, les conférences en haute définition 4K et les bureaux sans fil pour les entreprises, ainsi que les véhicules à guidage automatique (VGA) sans perte de paquets de données dans les environnements industriels de fabrication. AirEngine de Huawei va accélérer la transformation numérique des entreprises dans un grand nombre de secteurs industriels », a déclaré Zhao Zhipeng, président des réseaux de campus de la gamme de produits de communication des données de Huawei. « Huawei, l’un des plus grands contributeurs à la norme Wi-Fi 6, a dynamiquement encouragé le développement de l’ensemble du secteur. Huawei est le premier fournisseur à lancer des produits Wi-Fi 6 commerciaux. À l’heure actuelle, nos points d’accès au Wi-Fi 6 ont été déployés dans cinq grandes régions du globe. »

Lors de la table ronde avec les médias, Kevin Robinson, vice-président du marketing de la WFA, a fait part des derniers développements et prévisions du secteur du Wi-Fi 6 et a apporté des idées éclairantes sur l’impact du Wi-Fi 6 sur la transformation numérique des entreprises. Il a déclaré : « Nous sommes sensibles à la grande contribution que Huawei a apportée au développement du Wi-Fi 6, depuis les normes et les prototypes jusqu’à l’utilisation commerciale. La WFA estime que 2019 sera l’année de l’utilisation commerciale du Wi-Fi 6 et elle va lancer un programme de certification du Wi-Fi 6 au troisième trimestre 2019 ».

AirEngine est spécialement conçue pour faciliter la construction des réseaux Wi-Fi de grande qualité qui offrent des connexions très performantes, une expérience utilisateur optimale et le déploiement de nouvelles activités. Huawei et ses partenaires vont travailler en étroite collaboration pour fournir une connectivité universelle et des services de renseignements généralisés aux clients gouvernementaux et aux entreprises. Huawei continuera par ailleurs à utiliser la plate-forme numérique pour intégrer les nouvelles technologies de l’information et de la communication, afin d’aider les clients à s’orienter dans la transformation numérique.

À propos de Huawei

Huawei est l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux d’infrastructures et de dispositifs intelligents destinés aux technologies de l’information et des communications (TIC). Proposant des solutions intégrées dans quatre domaines essentiels – réseaux de télécommunications, informatique, dispositifs intelligents et services cloud -, nous nous engageons à apporter le numérique à tout un chacun, à tous les foyers et toutes les entreprises, pour contribuer à un monde entièrement connecté et intelligent.

Le portefeuille de produits, de solutions et de services de bout en bout de Huawei est à la fois compétitif et fiable. Grâce à une collaboration ouverte avec des partenaires de l’écosystème, nous créons une valeur durable pour nos clients, en travaillant à responsabiliser les gens, à embellir la vie familiale et à insuffler l’innovation dans les entreprises de toutes tailles et de toutes formes.

Chez Huawei, l’innovation s’articule autour des besoins des clients. Nous faisons de grands investissements dans la recherche fondamentale, en nous consacrant aux percées technologiques qui font avancer le monde. Nous comptons plus de 180 000 employés et exerçons nos activités dans plus de 170 pays et régions du globe. Fondée en 1987, Huawei est une société privée entièrement détenue par ses employés.

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Huawei presenta AirEngine como nueva marca Wi-Fi y anuncia el despliegue mundial a gran escala de sus productos Wi-Fi 6

SHENZHEN, China, 19 de abril de 2019 /PRNewswire/ — En la Cumbre de analistas globales de Huawei 2019, Huawei y Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) organizaron una mesa redonda con el tema “Wi-Fi 6, Desbloqueo del valor comercial”.

SHENZHEN, China, 19 de abril de 2019 /PRNewswire/ — En la Cumbre de analistas globales de Huawei 2019, Huawei y Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) organizaron una mesa redonda con el tema “Wi-Fi 6, Desbloqueo del valor comercial”. En la mesa redonda con los medios, Huawei anunció AirEngine como su nueva marca Wi-Fi, que se aplicará a toda su serie de productos Wi-Fi 6 de clase empresarial. Además, con los medios y los analistas globales presentes, Huawei remarcó que sus productos Wi-Fi 6 se han implementado a gran escala en las cinco principales regiones del mundo.

Las aplicaciones emergentes como Realidad Virtual (RV), Realidad Aumentada (RA) y 4K requieren más ancho de banda, mayor concurrencia y menor latencia, lo que plantea desafíos para las redes Wi-Fi tradicionales. Estos desafíos deben resolverse lo más rápido posible durante la transformación digital de las empresas. Y es aquí donde entra en juego AirEngine de Huawei. AirEngine es una prueba del compromiso de Huawei con las redes Wi-Fi de alta calidad. Sirve como motor de conexión inalámbrica que acelera la transformación digital de los servicios empresariales.

Tres atractivas ventajas hacen que AirEngine destaque: rendimiento ultraalto, experiencia óptima de los usuarios y capacidad para nuevas actividades empresariales. AirEngine presenta el mejor rendimiento del sector, según las verificaciones de Tolly, una influyente organización internacional de pruebas. AirEngine se basa en las cualidades procedentes de la tecnología de antena inteligente 5G y las tecnologías inteligentes de aceleración de aplicaciones de Huawei, y alcanza una optimización inteligente para la experiencia óptima de los usuarios y la continuidad del servicio. AirEngine también puede incorporar nuevas aplicaciones como 4K y RV, así como aprovechar la intensa cooperación con socios para lograr la transformación inalámbrica para servicios educativos, de investigación, fabricación y otros servicios de vital importancia, que permiten nuevas actividades empresariales.

“Con unas cualidades técnicas incomparables, AirEngine de Huawei permite a las redes inalámbricas mantener de manera eficiente y fiable los servicios tradicionales de redes por cable. Las ventajas típicas incluyen una enseñanza con RV/RA fluida en educación, conferencias de alta definición en 4K y oficinas inalámbricas para empresas, así como vehículos guiados automatizados sin pérdida de paquetes (AGV) en entornos de fabricación industrial. AirEngine de Huawei acelerará la transformación digital de las empresas en diversos sectores”, afirmó Zhao Zhipeng, Presidente de Dominio de Campus de red de la Línea de Productos de Comunicación de Datos de Huawei. “Huawei, uno de los principales contribuyentes al estándar Wi-Fi 6, ha estado promoviendo activamente el desarrollo de todo el sector. Huawei es el primer distribuidor en presentar productos Wi-Fi 6 comerciales. Actualmente, nuestros PA Wi-Fi 6 se han implementado en las cinco regiones más importantes del mundo”.

En la mesa redonda con los medios, Kevin Robinson, Vicepresidente de Marketing de WFA, compartió los últimos desarrollos y previsiones de la industria de Wi-Fi 6 y aportó ideas interesantes sobre el impacto de Wi-Fi 6 en la transformación digital de las empresas. Comentó: “Apreciamos las grandes contribuciones de Huawei al desarrollo de Wi-Fi 6, desde estándares y prototipos hasta el uso comercial. WFA cree que 2019 será el año de uso comercial de Wi-Fi 6 y lanzará un programa de certificación de Wi-Fi 6 en el tercer trimestre de 2019”.

AirEngine está diseñado específicamente para la creación de redes Wi-Fi de alta calidad líderes que cuentan con conexiones de alto rendimiento, una experiencia de usuario óptima y la capacidad para nuevas actividades empresariales. Huawei y sus socios colaborarán estrechamente para proporcionar conectividad ubicua e inteligencia generalizada a clientes gubernamentales y empresariales. Además, Huawei seguirá utilizando la plataforma digital para integrar nuevas TIC, ayudando a los clientes en la transformación digital.

Acerca de Huawei

Huawei es un proveedor mundial líder en soluciones de tecnología de información y comunicaciones (TIC) y dispositivos inteligentes. Con soluciones integradas en cuatro campos clave, redes de telecomunicaciones, TI, dispositivos inteligentes y servicios en la nube, mantenemos el compromiso de llevar lo digital a cada persona, hogar y organización para un mundo inteligente y completamente conectado.

La cartera integral de productos, soluciones y servicios de Huawei es competitiva y segura. A través de una colaboración abierta con socios del ecosistema, creamos un valor duradero para nuestros clientes, trabajando para capacitar a las personas, enriquecer la vida del hogar e inspirar la innovación en organizaciones de todas las formas y tamaños.

En Huawei, la innovación se centra en las necesidades de los clientes. Invertimos fuertemente en investigación básica, concentrándonos en los avances tecnológicos que impulsan el avance en el mundo. Tenemos más de 180.000 empleados y operamos en más de 170 países y regiones. Fundada en 1987, Huawei es una empresa privada, propiedad en su totalidad de sus empleados.

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Huawei enthüllt AirEngine als neue Wi-Fi-Marke und meldet weltweiten Massenmarkteinsatz seiner Wi-Fi 6-Produkte

SHENZHEN, China, 19. April 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei und Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) veranstalteten auf dem Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019 ein Medienroundtable-Meeting zum Thema „Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value” (etwa: „Wi-Fi 6, Freisetzung des Geschäftswertes”).

SHENZHEN, China, 19. April 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei und Wi-Fi Alliance (WFA) veranstalteten auf dem Huawei Global Analyst Summit 2019 ein Medienroundtable-Meeting zum Thema „Wi-Fi 6, Unlocking Business Value” (etwa: „Wi-Fi 6, Freisetzung des Geschäftswertes”). Im Rahmen des Medienroundtables präsentierte Huawei AirEngine als seine neue Wi-Fi-Marke, die bei der gesamten Serie der Enterprise-Class-Wi-Fi 6-Produkte des Unternehmens Anwendung finden wird. Darüber hinaus betonte Huawei in Anwesenheit globaler Medienschaffender und Analytiker, dass seine Wi-Fi 6-Produkte bereits in großem Maßstab weltweit in fünf bedeutenden Regionen eingesetzt werden.

Zukünftige Anwendungen wie Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) und 4K benötigen umfangreichere Bandbreiten, einen höheren Parallelitätsgrad und geringere Latenzzeiten, was herkömmliche Wi-Fi-Netzwerke vor Herausforderungen stellt Diese Herausforderungen müssen während des digitalen Wandels, den Unternehmen durchlaufen, schnellstmöglich bewältigt werden. Genau hier wird die Bedeutung von Huaweis AirEngine ersichtlich. AirEngine stellt Huaweis Engagement für qualitativ hochwertige Wi-Fi-Netzwerke unter Beweis und dient als drahtlose Verbindung, die die digitale Transformation von Unternehmensdiensten beschleunigt.

AirEngine zeichnet sich durch drei überzeugende Vorteile aus: höchste Leistungsfähigkeit, optimale Anwendererfahrungen sowie die Umsetzung neuer Geschäftsprozesse. Laut Tolly, eine einflussreiche internationale Prüforganisation, bietet AirEngine industrieweit die besten Leistungen. AirEngine beruft sich auf technische Stärken, die aus der Huawei 5G Smart Antenna-Technologie sowie intelligenten Anwendungsbeschleunigungstechnologien heraus entstanden, und erreicht intelligente Optimierungen für herausragende Anwendererfahrungen und Servicekontinuität. Darüber hinaus ist AirEngine dazu in der Lage, neue Anwendungen wie 4K und VR zu bewältigen und intensive Zusammenarbeit mit Partnern wirksam einzusetzen, um einen drahtlosen Wandel für Lehr-, Forschungs-, Produktions- sowie weitere erfolgskritische Dienste zu erzielen, wodurch neue Geschäftsprozesse in die Wege geleitet werden.

„Mit unübetroffenen Stärken verleiht Huawei AirEngine drahtlosen Netzwerken Effizienz und befähigt sie dazu, herkömmliche kabelgebundene Netzwerkdienste zuverlässig auszuführen. Zu den kennzeichnenden Vorteilen gehören reibungslose VR/AR-Lehrprozesse im Bildungsbereich, 4K-High Definition-Konferenzen, drahtlos vernetzte Büros für Unternehmen sowie Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) ohne den Verlust von Datenpaketen in industriellen Produktionsumgebungen. Huawei AirEngine wird den digitalen Wandel von Unternehmen über zahlreiche Industrien hinweg beschleunigen”, so Zhao Zhipeng, Präsident von Campus Network Domain der Huawei Data Communication-Produktlinie. „Huawei, ein führender Beteiligter am Wi-Fi 6-Standard, hat die Entwicklung des gesamten Sektors aktiv gefördert. Huawei ist der erste Anbieter, der kommerzielle Wi-Fi 6-Produkte auf den Markt bringt. Unsere Wi-Fi 6-APs werden zur Zeit in fünf wichtigen Regionen rund um den Globus eingesetzt.”

Im Rahmen des Medienroundtables präsentierte Kevin Robinson, Vizepräsident der Marketingabteilung von WFA, die aktuellen Wi-Fi 6-Entwicklungen und Prognosen und informierte aufschlussreich über den Einfluss, den Wi-Fi 6 auf die digitalen Transformationen von Unternehmen ausübt. Er erklärte: „Wir wissen Huaweis großartige Beiträge zur Wi-Fi 6-Entwicklung zu schätzen, die von Standards und Prototypen bis hin zur kommerziellen Anwendung reichen. WFA sieht 2019 als das Jahr des kommerziellen Wi-Fi 6-Einsatzes und wird im dritten Quartal 2019 ein Wi-Fi 6-Zertifizierungsprogramm herausgeben.”

AirEngine wurde insbesondere für den Aufbau führender hochqualitativer Wi-Fi-Netzwerke konstruiert, die sich durch leistungsstarke Verbindungen, optimale Anwendererfahrungen und die Umsetzung neuer Geschäftsprozesse auszeichnen. Huawei und seine Partner werden eng zusammenarbeiten, um allgegenwärtige Konnektivität und tiefgreifende Intelligenz für Regierungs- und Unternehmenskunden liefern zu können. Zusätzlich wird Huawei weiterhin auf die digitale Plattform zurückgreifen, um innovative IKT-Dienste zu integrieren, sodass Kunden bei der Bewältigung digitaler Transformationen Unterstützung finden.

Informationen zu Huawei

Huawei ist ein führender Anbieter von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie (IKT)-Infrastrukturen sowie intelligenten Geräten. Wir bieten integrierte Lösungen für vier Kernbereiche – Telekommunikationsnetzwerke, IT, intelligente Geräte und Cloud-Dienste – und sind darum bemüht, die digitale Welt für alle Menschen, Haushalte und Organisationen für eine vollständig vernetzte, intelligente Welt zur Realität werden zu lassen.

Huaweis End-to-End-Portfolio an Produkten, Lösungen und Dienstleistungen zeichnet sich durch Wettbewerbsfähigkeit und Sicherheit aus. Durch eine offene Zusammenarbeit mit Ökosystem-Partnern schöpfen wir nachhaltigen Wert für unsere Kunden und möchten durch unsere Arbeit Menschen neue Möglichkeiten bieten, Privathaushalte bereichern und Organisationen jeglicher Form und Größe zu Innovation anregen.

Bei Huawei stehen die Bedürfnisse der Kunden im Mittelpunkt unserer Innovationen. Wir investieren stark in Grundlagenforschung und konzentrieren uns auf technologische Durchbrüche, dank derer die Welt in Bewegung bleibt. Wir beschäftigen über 180.000 Mitarbeiter und sind in mehr als 170 Ländern und Regionen tätig. Huawei, gegründet 1987, ist ein Privatunternehmen, das sich im vollständigen Besitz seiner Mitarbeiter befindet.

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The best smart speakers 2019: which one should you buy?

There was a time when many of us weren’t sure whether the ‘smart home’ would really take off, but then smart speakers came along and everything changed.

Smart speakers now dominate the smart home market.

There was a time when many of us weren’t sure whether the ‘smart home’ would really take off, but then smart speakers came along and everything changed.

Smart speakers now dominate the smart home market. According to the latest stats, they’re now owned by one in six Americans, while over the pond in the UK, ownership has doubled in six months, with a smart speaker occupying 10% of all households. It’s (kinda) official: Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant are as important to most households as pets.

The popular virtual assistants are taking our homes by storm, with many now considering smart speakers to be the future of home automation, not only controlling your smart home devices (like your Philips Hue bulbs or your smart locks), but running everything from your fridge to your living room lights – sometimes without much help from you.

Whether that’s exciting to you, scary or just a bit gimmicky will depend on your view of new tech. But it’s hard to argue that these devices aren’t unbelievably handy. Imagine a world where you don’t have to get up to change the thermostat or find the remote to change the channel. Imagine turning off your garden security lights using your voice or using Alexa or Google Assistant to pull up a live feed of your outside cameras.

If you think that you can live happily without these features, then you’re probably right. But we’ve found that once you’ve had them, even for a week or two, there’s no going back.

All of this and more is now possible. The only thing they can’t do, it seems, is help you decide which one is right for you. So, if you’re not sure which smart speaker to buy, read on for our pick of the best available right now.

The Sonos One now supports Amazon’s Alexa and Siri via AirPlay 2. Image Credit: Sonos.

If you need help finding your next personal assistant, take a look at our guide below and find the smart speaker that suits your current setup, your budget and the aesthetics of your home – each of the speakers are hand-picked by our editors, and while each have pros/cons, all of them are great in their own way.

Not seeing the perfect speaker for you? Don’t worry. Be sure to keep checking back, as we’ll be updating this list with the best smart speakers, as well as the top rumors about the new speakers to expect soon at the end.

Best smart speakers FAQ: quick questions answered

What can smart speakers do? Smart speakers can do lots of things. First up they’re speakers in their own right, from the fantastic-sounding Apple HomePod through to the simpler Amazon Echo Dot.

But they also have lots of special features thanks to the smart voice assistants that are built-in. These smart assistants are voice-activated, which means you can literally ask them to do a range of things, including playing music, answering questions and controlling other smart home devices. And that’s just the beginning.

Which voice assistant is best? On the whole that’s subjective. Some people have always liked Apple products the best and stay loyal to Siri. Others really like Alexa after snapping up an Echo as soon as the smart speaker was first launched.

The general consensus seems to be that Google Assistant is, largely, the most accurate voice assistant. If you’ve got a lot of Apple products, of course Siri is the best and for overall compatibility, you’re best opting for Alexa. But they’re not hard and fast rules.

Is Alexa better than Google? For starters, the choice might depend on which speaker you like the look of the most. Sure Amazon’s Echo range is very similar to the Google Home, but the Show, Spot and Dot look quite different.

When it comes to the smart assistants within the speakers, they’re both extremely capable. Amazon’s Alexa has many, many Skills, which set it apart from the rest. But Google has been a leader in the AI game for a long time now, well before the smart speaker market emerged.

Is there a monthly fee for Alexa? No. You don’t need anything other than the free Alexa app. However, you will get plenty of perks if you’re an Amazon Prime member.

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Sonos’ debut Alexa speaker is a cleanly-designed, feature-rich and great-sounding device that brings together the best of both ecosystems. You’ve got the ever-improving Alexa on the one hand, and on the other you’ve got Sonos with its own multi-room smarts and mostly unrivalled sound performance.

There’s also a new feature in the mix that promises to change the game: AirPlay 2. With it, the Sonos One can talk to Siri and form a multi-room pairing with the Apple HomePod, making it the most versatile speaker on the list.

If there’s anything holding the Sonos One back from greatness it’s the fact that Google Assistant is still MIA after the update was postponed in November 2018 and is still nowhere to be seen nearly halfway through 2019.

If Google Assistant support hits at some point this year (we hope), the Sonos One promises to become the market leader in smart home speakers.

If you like the Sonos range but you’ve felt a little underwhelmed by its designs to date, then you’ll be happy to find out the brand has launched a new range of in-wall, in-ceiling, and outdoor speakers, the Sonos Architectural line.

Read our full review here: Sonos One

The highly-anticipated Apple HomePod finally entered the smart speaker battle for your bookshelf in early 2018.

The obvious benefit of an Apple HomePod over an Echo or Google Home device is that it’ll play nice with your other Apple products. So if you’re a die-hard Apple fan the HomePod may be a no-brainer.

But it’s worth asking the same question you should always be asking yourself when you want to splurge on a new Apple product: how much of a premium should you pay for owning a device that fits only seamlessly into the Apple ecosystem?

When we reviewed the device we were torn because we were really reviewing two things at once: how the HomePod weighs up as a premium speaker and how it fares as a smart home hub.

In the former category, the HomePod is excellent, as it boasts incredible sound and a very intuitive set-up. But in the latter, Siri is only middling in its implementation, and the fact that you’re not able to break out of the Apple ecosystem for many key functions also rankles.

Apple is said to be working on the Apple HomePod 2, or a cheaper, more compact HomePod Mini, rumored to launch at some point in 2019 – we’re halfway through now and we’re still waiting. Fingers crossed it’ll be worth it.

Read our full review here: Apple HomePod reviewAlready got a HomePod? Check out our guide to the best tips and tricksApple HomePod 2: rumors, news, release date, and more

If you’re after a smart speaker that’s affordable and sounds good enough to play your favorite tracks, the latest version of the Amazon Echo is your safest bet. In fact it’s our current top pick for the best smart speaker on the market right now.

The newest, 2nd-generation Echo sounds better than Amazon’s Echo Dot, but it’s cheaper than the Echo Plus and Apple’s HomePod.

We don’t think you should be using it to replace your hifi, but at the same time it’s a really great place to start if you want to try out what the smart home life is like.

Amazon has also improved the Echo’s style since the first version was released in 2015. The new fabric finishes will suit most living rooms better than the brushed aluminum of the original.

The only downside is the Echo doesn’t have the neat volume dial of Amazon’s Echo Plus. It’s also worth mentioning that Alexa often doesn’t seem quite as intelligent as Google Assistant. At the price, though, it’s a great option that should suit most people’s needs.

Read our full review here: Amazon Echo Review (2018)

For starters, you might never appreciate just how much music is on YouTube without buying a Google Home. We’re not saying Google Home is capable of playing any song you can think of, but after dredging the depths of the ’90s we still couldn’t find a tune Google Home couldn’t track down and start playing.

While Google Home excels as a DJ, it’s also a surprisingly intelligent smart home hub. It already hooks into some of the largest platforms now available by including Nest, Philips and Samsung’s SmartThings, and given a few months that number will grow even more.

But we’re torn when it comes to recommending the Google Home. In some ways it’s disappointing and doesn’t live up to be the coveted center of the smart home Google has marketed it as.

That’s because it’s just not there yet. It’s a little too rigid in its language comprehension, its list of smart home devices is growing but still a bit underwhelming, and, perhaps the biggest disappointment of all, it doesn’t have many of Google’s core services built into it.

It has the potential to develop to compete with Amazon’s Echo in the future, but for now the Google Home is simply a smart novelty with access to YouTube Music, built-in Google Cast and the ability to save you a trip to the light switch.

Over the past year, the Google Home has received a number of notable updates, including the fact you can now use the device to make calls to landlines in the UK. Google Assistant has also been updated to included bilingual capabilities, Continued Conversation and Multiple Actions. A more recent update has also brought Google Assistant to Nest Security alarm systems.

Read our full review here: Google Home Review

The Amazon Echo Plus is the higher-end choice among its tower speakers. You should consider buying one if you want decent sound quality but don’t want the display of the Echo Show or Echo Spot.

With the second generation model recently launched, the Echo Plus has ditched the two-tier look in favor of a subdued fabric design, more like the original Echo.

It’s louder and bassier than the standard Echo, which is particularly useful for music. Does it sound as good as the Sonos One? No. But like Amazon’s other Echo gadgets, its price is competitive. It costs $149.99 (£139.99) with a Philips Hue bulb included to kickstart your smart home future.

Like other smart home systems, Amazon Alexa is a work in progress. However, it’s easy to recommend the Amazon Echo Plus. It’s a convenient one-stop solution for both audio, smart assistant functions and Internet of Things controls, with Alexa still going strong as the most feature-rich voice assistant.

But the strength of the Echo range, especially at the lower price tiers, still makes these top-of-the-line models a harder sell: the Echo Dot has comparable smarts for a fraction of the price, for example, it just doesn’t sound as good. Likewise, the built-in smart hub is a great addition, but isn’t yet feature-complete, meaning committed smart home users may not want to make the jump just yet.

In short, if you’re looking to enter the world of the connected home, the Echo Plus is a great place to start. Just be aware that more economical options may, for the time being at least, suit your needs just as well.

Read our full review here:Amazon Echo Plus Review

The best smart speakers with a screen 2019

With the recent onslaught of smart display devices from the big tech companies, there’s more choice than ever if you want a screen included with your smart speaker.

The Google Home Hub is one of the latest crop of smart displays, and it certainly gives its closest rival, the Amazon Echo Show a run for its money, with intuitive voice control and well designed first party apps.

That being said, this is not a speaker for audiophiles – it works well enough to play music in the background while you do chores or read, but it doesn’t pack big enough of a sonic punch to serve as your main speaker for listening to music.

Where the Google Home Hub does excel, is as a control centre for your digital home, supporting over 5000 smart devices from 400 companies – plus, at around $80/£80 cheaper than the Amazon Echo Show (the difference in Australia is a whopping AU$150), it’s pretty good value for money too.

Check out our full review of the Google Home Hub

The updated Echo Show is a step in the right direction, with better design, a clearer screen, and superior sound, but it has limited support for third-party streaming services.

The touchscreen is 1280 x 720 px – so it won’t blow you away up close, but it looks fine from a distance. It also features adaptive brightness, although the screen isn’t the main way you interact with the Echo Show – it’s optimized for voice activation via Amazon Alexa, and it’s great for using while you potter about the kitchen.

Its not the cheapest smart display on the market, however, it adds value by combining devices you already have and ones you could buy at a lower price elsewhere – just look at the Amazon Echo Dot, for example.

Put everything together though, and the new Show is a marked improvement on the original version, and if you’re keen on watching cooking tutorials or listening to music as you cook, it deserves a spot on your kitchen counter.

Read our full review: Amazon Echo Show Review

In our opinion, the Amazon Echo Spot is the best-designed Alexa device Amazon has ever created – it’s a gadget you’d happily have in your bedroom, on your desk, in your kitchen, and pretty much anywhere else.

The Spot is versatile – it doesn’t have a chameleon-like ability to adapt to the room you put it in, but this is certainly not just a smart alarm clock, something Amazon has been very clear about.

It does everything the Echo Show does, but it all feels better in this smaller form factor. The design is great – it’s available in black and white – and we can easily see the Spot being used in the bedroom, kitchen or even on a desk. In fact, you may want it in all of these places.

That’s the thing with the Amazon Echo Spot: much like other Echo devices, Amazon wants you to have a multitude of them in your home so you always have access to video chat no matter where you are.

Essentially, it wants the Echo Spot to replace the Echo Dot. The Amazon Echo Spot is a little more expensive than the new Echo, though, and in turn much more expensive than an Echo Dot.

This is because of the addition of the screen. While we still haven’t seen that killer Skill for the screen, it does enhance the look of the Spot and opens up the possibilities for it being much more than just a smart speaker.

We’re just hoping that Amazon’s Skills become much more video-friendly – once this happens, the Amazon Echo Spot will become an absolute must-have.

Read our full review here: Amazon Echo Spot ReviewWhat could be coming soon?

Those are all of the best smart speakers on the market right now, but with the huge success of these voice-activated smart home assistants, this selection is likely to be just the beginning.

Right now a number of other companies, including some of the biggest names in tech, are also working on their own smart home audio products. Whether they shake-up the market or turn out to be a load of hot air remains to be seen.

But in the meantime, here are just a few of the highly-anticipated upcoming releases and rumors circulating right now:

Image Credit: IKEA

IKEA + Sonos + Symfonisk

Everyone’s favorite minimal home design superstore IKEA has teamed up with audio experts Sonos to produce a new line of smart speakers and audio solutions, called Symfonisk. There are lots of interesting products in the new range, but we’re most excited about the Symfonisk Table Lamp.

It looks a little like a HomePod with a big lamp bolted on the top and that’s, essentially, what it is. A smart speaker and lamp rolled into one. We knew the speaker was on its way, but the lamp is completely unexpected and feels like peak IKEA in that it’s unique, functional and, well, surprisingly cheap.

Like other Sonos speakers, it’ll connect to your Wi-Fi and can be controlled through the Sonos app. The Sonos app integration allows the speakers to join any multi-room setup you already own, or can lay the foundation for a new one. So it’s, technically, not a smart speaker, but it could shake up the market in a big way.

It won’t be available until August 2019 and in terms of pricing, the Symfonisk Table Lamp will only run you $179 (around £140, AU$250).

Spotify smart speaker

There are loads of speakers on the market that already allow you to connect your Spotify account. But that doesn’t mean the popular streaming service can’t make its own product to compete with the biggest names in tech.

Rumors suggest Spotify has been working on its own voice search interface, but it hasn’t yet lifted the lid on a speaker that could compete with the likes of the Amazon Echo or Google Home.

That hasn’t stopped us from dreaming up what a Spotify smart speaker might look, sound and behave like. Read our Spotify speaker wish-list: what we want to see in a Spotify smart speaker.

Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker

This is now official, though details are still scarce – Samsung showed off the Galaxy Home smart speaker at its Unpacked 2018 event, promising high-quality audio alongside some integrated AI smarts provided by Bixby.

As yet we don’t know a price or release date, though we’re assuming it will work with Samsung’s SmartThings ecosystem. Samsung is promising more news at its developer conference later in the year.

The speaker had been rumored for some time, primarily in a report from Bloomberg, with sources telling the publication that 2018 will be the year Samsung’s smart speaker would be announced and be available to buy.

Everything is a smart speaker

Maybe the future isn’t about which smart speaker you should buy after all, but will be much more focused on integrating voice-activated smart assistants into other products.

Earlier this year at CES 2019, lots of manufacturers were boasting of voice assistant integration; Alexa and Google Assistant found their way into cars, bathroom mirrors, and even smoke alarms.

While that may sound a little gimmicky, it actually solves one of the major niggling points of the smart home: you want to have access to your voice assistant in every room but don’t really want to fill your home with speakers.

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