While global tablet sales have been declining constantly for the past few years and the smartphone market is in the midst of stagnation due to over-saturation and a general lack of innovation leading to extended upgrade cycles, wearable devices and smart speakers are actually on the rise.

The latter segment was essentially carved out a measly few years ago, when Amazon decided to take hardware seriously and put a voice assistant on a somewhat experimental speaker. The Echo quickly spawned a long line of follow-ups and spin-offs, not to mention a bunch of copycats and increasingly …

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