In the old days, every outfit in a list of important consumer electronics companies would have made . . . you know, consumer electronics. Stuff like TVs. But in this era, as more of the products in our lives look like devices, and they’re all connected over the internet, a more diverse group of players are setting the agenda.
Click on a company to learn more about why it made the list.
For priming its consumers for a lifetime of purchases
For homing in on the voice-assistant space
For remembering the core of its products: the chips
For expanding its Mi brand into an internet-of-things (IoT) ecosystem
For taking the fight to crappy Wi-Fi
For threatening Apple’s position as designers’ favorite device maker
For going beyond audio to bring more clarity to screens, too
For fending off the key-finding competition by putting its tech into vehicles and more
For standing out in the coding-for-kids crowd by tapping into the IoT
For streamlining its hoard of app recipes