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Monday, February 22, 2016

If You Want a Smart Home, You May Need to Start With Echo

Considering that the smart home relies on, well, smarts, conceding the brain part of the gadget to a third-party device like Amazon Echo is a slight surprise. Ambitious startups are normally keen to develop everything in-house to foster a brand of their own.

But Amazon wooed over startups by providing Alexa’s simple but powerful technology at little cost. And considering the Echo was a best-selling product for Amazon this Black Friday (although Amazon won’t disclose sales numbers), startups were tapping into a very popular product.

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