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Marshall Voice smart speakers with Amazon Alexa launching October 2, Google Assistant versions coming later this year

Marshall Voice smart speakers with Amazon Alexa launching October 2, Google Assistant versions coming later this year

Marshall, famed maker of guitar amps and, more recently, cutesy Bluetooth speakers that resemble guitar amps, has announced that it's got a slew of new devices on the horizon. The lineup includes refreshes of both its Acton and Stanmore speakers that will each include support for Amazon Alexa, coming October 2 — with versions sporting the Google Assistant coming later this year.

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Bose announces Alexa-enabled Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700

Bose announces Alexa-enabled Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700

Yesterday, Bose announced three new entries into its smart speaker line-up. Each comes with Alexa, though Bose notes that "other voice assistants [will] follow," meaning that Assistant is hopefully not too far off. As usual, you can expect very high prices, but also that sound quality the company has built its reputation on.

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[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

Just earlier today, Sonos announced its new Beam, a soundbar that's 60% the size of the company's previous Playbar, all while including features like Airplay 2, Alexa functionality, and a surprisingly big sound for the size—or so Sonos claims. 

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You may soon be able to control your Xbox One with Alexa and Google Assistant

You may soon be able to control your Xbox One with Alexa and Google Assistant

Xbox One users, here's a piece news for you on Android Police, of all places. According to Windows Central, you may soon be able to control your gaming/entertainment console with voice commands, thanks to the addition of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support.

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[Deal Alert] Save 20-30% on Anker's Eufy smart lights, Genie Alexa smart speaker, and connected scale

[Deal Alert] Save 20-30% on Anker's Eufy smart lights, Genie Alexa smart speaker, and connected scale

Anker's sub-brand Eufy makes some really interesting home products, a few of which happen to be smart and compatible with our Android-connected lives. Today, three of these are on discount: a connected body scale, a smart tunable white light, and a pack of 2 tunable white lights with a smart speaker. Without further ado, here are the deals.

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Amazon Alexa supports 12000 smart home devices, way more than Google Assistant's 5000

Amazon Alexa supports 12000 smart home devices, way more than Google Assistant's 5000

There's no denying that Amazon's Alexa has a leg up on Google's Assistant, both because its smart speakers launched before Google and because Amazon has a huge footing in retail and the best marketing platform ever. Google can only dream of rivaling that. Plus, if you're a company making a smart home product, odds are you're already selling it through Amazon, and the jump from that to adding Alexa compatibility is just a formality at this point.

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AutoVoice 3.5 lets you create your own custom Assistant actions and even replace Google's

AutoVoice 3.5 lets you create your own custom Assistant actions and even replace Google's

Joaomgcd's AutoVoice app is one of the most powerful tools you can try on Android for customizing your Google Assistant commands, especially when used in conjunction with Tasker (which he recently acquired as well). Most recently, the app added Google Assistant integration with v3.0, and now v3.5 is kicking that up a notch by letting you customize what you can ask Assistant and what it answers back.

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Amazon teases upcoming Fire TV Cube streaming device

Amazon teases upcoming Fire TV Cube streaming device

A new page appeared on Amazon yesterday: white text on a blue backdrop, asking "What is Fire TV Cube?" with a button to sign up for email updates. The question, obviously rhetorical, is a clear teaser for a new Fire TV device.

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Alexa Announcements one-way voice feature rolling out to Echo devices

Alexa Announcements one-way voice feature rolling out to Echo devices

Amazon is rolling out a feature today that lets users broadcast messages to connected Echo devices. The company is calling it Alexa Announcements, and the functionality is very similar to the broadcast feature Google Home has had since late last year.

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Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with built-in Alexa action is finally up for sale

Ecobee Switch+ smart light switch with built-in Alexa action is finally up for sale

When you're putting together a smart home, it's easy to get a little carried away. Maybe you start with a speaker connected to a voice assistant. Then you're ordering pack after pack of smart light bulb, wiring in a doorbell cam, and before you know it your curtains and blinds are opening all by themselves. Well, homeowners aren't the only ones going down this path, we've also seen the companies behind these devices start out making just one kind of smart-home accessory, before finding themselves building a whole home's worth of connected tech. You may be familiar with Ecobee from its smart thermostats, and now the company's expanding with the release of the Switch+ smart light switch.

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