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Shipments of Voice Personal Assistant Speakers Projected To More Than Double in 2017

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 09, 2017 -- Linkplay Technology, a leading WiFi audio solution provider and one of the first audio platforms to integrate with Alexa Voice Service (AVS), announces new sales representatives and distribution partners in the U.S. and Europe to support the increasing demand for its solution. The firms, Parts Express International, Vocalcord Technologies Limited and Indesmatech provide sales, design and integration expertise to audio speaker and smart home electronics manufacturers interested in incorporating Powered by Linkplay’s patented turnkey WiFi hardware and software package. Parts Express International focuses on brands in the U.S. and Canada; whereas Vocalcord Technology serves the UK, Germany, Spain, France, Austria, and Switzerland. Indesmatech represents companies located in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and the Baltic States.

Currently, AVS is available in the U.S., Germany, and the UK. To date, several speaker brands’ Powered by Linkplay with AVS are shipping in the U.S., UK and Germany including Aud Click’s iLuv, FABRIQ, GGMM’s E5, Jam Audio’s Voice, and Omaker’s Wow. Linkplay’s smart audio WiFi solution provides global streaming music content integration, app and cloud development, integration with AVS, multi-room speaker capabilities, as well as low latency, high resolution (192khz/24bit; 44.1KHz/16bit), loss-less audio. It is available in both hands-free and push-to-talk voice capabilities.

According to Jack Wetherill, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting, “Voice control is already having a major impact upon the Wireless Speaker market and looks set to take this already booming category to new heights. 6.2m Voice Personal Assistant Speakers shipped worldwide last year, accounting for 48% of all Wi-Fi Speakers. Most of these were from Amazon, which is now a major audio hardware brand. Futuresource believes that VPA Speaker sales will more than double this year. In addition, there is growing demand for bridging devices, and we expect voice assistance to be embedded into other categories ranging from soundbars to in-car entertainment systems.”

Linkplay’s audio solution provides access to millions of songs through services such as Amazon Music, Audible, Deezer, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TIDAL, Napster, and many others and operates with AirPlay, DLNA, Spotify Connect, and QQPlay protocols, making it seamless for companies to bring music to their devices. It specializes in interruption-free music streaming from any iOS or Android device to speakers over a WiFi network and eliminates the need to connect a phone to the speakers, allowing users to stream music without interference from calls or texts.

“We are experiencing tremendous demand from manufacturers wanting to integrate our platform; it is becoming the de facto industry standard,” said Mark Zadeh, vice president of sales and marketing, Linkplay. “Companies trust our proven technology as we have more AVS audio products in the market than any other company and we enable speaker brands to enter the market quickly, at a cost-effective price point.”

If you are interested in designing a product with Linkplay, please choose one of the following email addresses: Parts Express, Judd Baker [email protected]; Vocalcord Technology, [email protected]; or Soren Manicus, [email protected]. For media inquiries please contact Mark Zadeh at [email protected].

About Linkplay:

Linkplay Technology, headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA, was founded by a global team of hardware and software engineers, business executives, and wireless audio experts. Linkplay’s patent-pending technology is a turn-key WiFi audio platform with global streaming music content integration, app and cloud development for speaker brands and ODMs. Technology partners include original design manufacturers (ODMs), component suppliers and key technology investors. For more information about Linkplay, visit www.linkplay.com or email [email protected].

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