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The best smart home devices you can buy right now (Summer 2019)

Worldwide sales of voice assistant smart speakers from Google, Amazon, and others continue to grow, and the same can be said of the smart home sector as a whole. The technology underpinning these products is always improving and it’s becoming increasingly affordable to bring smart gadgets into your house.

There's already such a vast number of different products from various companies out there that it's hard to know which ones are the best, so we've put together this list with some of our favorites.

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Get the latest Amazon Echo for 50% off ($50) today only, the lowest price yet

The second-generation Amazon Echo usually costs $99.99, with occasional drops to $70-80. If you've been waiting for a better deal, today might be the day. The latest Echo has now dropped to just $49.99, a 50% discount from the usual price, and what appears to be the lowest price from Amazon yet.

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Amazon brings Alexa integration to Android TV starting with Sony Bravias

Hell officially froze over when Google and Amazon decided to bury their squabbles and stop locking each other out of their respective TV ecosystems. Of course, Amazon apps have been available on Android for a long time, and the company would've shot itself in the foot if it didn't distribute its content and store to the biggest mobile OS in the world. However, TVs have always been a sensitive topic for Amazon and Google, as they're both directly competing with their Chromecast and Fire TV. Shortly after their truce, Amazon announced in April that it's bringing Alexa integration to Sony TVs powered by Android.

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Get an Amazon Echo and a TP-Link smart plug for $37 off

There are nearly as many smart speakers with Alexa at this point as there are stars in the sky, but Amazon's own Echo devices usually get new features before third-party speakers. The second-gen Echo in paticular is definitely stylish, and now you can get it with a TP-Link smart plug for just $79.68 a reduction of $37.30 from the original price.

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Amazon's Echo Wall Clock drops to $25, still can't do much

Back in September, Amazon announced new hardware to complete the Alexa ecosystem, including a wall clock. Although some people thought the gadget would function like an Echo device and come with a built-in voice assistant, it's only meant to connect to one and display timers you might set using Alexa. Besides that, it can't do anything more than a traditional timepiece, which hardly justified its original $30 price tag. In case you wanted one but found it too expensive, it's now selling for $5 less, making it psychologically more acceptable.

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[Update: Now on Fire TV too] Apple Music is coming to Amazon Echo devices in December

Music streaming is a popular use for smart speakers, but the particular speaker you have dictates which services you have access to. Amazon's speakers are getting better in that regard in the near future, as the company has announced that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices later this year.

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Second-generation Amazon Echo is now $70 ($30 off) at B&H

Earlier this month, B&H offered the second-generation Amazon Echo for the discounted price of $80, while the smart speaker remained at $100 on Amazon's own platform. Now, after Amazon and Best Buy reduced their prices to $90, B&H managed to keep them beat with a price reduction to $70.

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This Google Home and Amazon Echo hack lets you change your voice AI hotword — but it's far from elegant

Google and Amazon are both constantly improving the capabilities of their voice AIs, but there are some issues that tech giants have little incentive to fix. For instance, from a branding standpoint it makes no sense to let people change their assistant hotword from "Okay Google" or "Alexa" to anything else - even if that's what users want (and it definitely, definitely is). It's this consumer desire, along with the issue of user privacy, that prompted designers Bjørn Karmann and Tore Knudsen to create a Google Home/Amazon Echo hack called Project Alias.

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Second-generation Amazon Echo is $80 ($20 off) at B&H Photo

If you prefer Alexa over Google Assistant, this is the deal for you. Amazon's second-generation Echo smart speaker (the latest model) is $79.95 from B&H Photo right now — a $20 discount from the usual price.

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Forget Skynet: Big Mouth Billy Bass with Alexa is the tech hell we deserve

Back in 2016, an absolute madman hacked a Big Mouth Billy Bass to speak using the Alexa API. It was weird. The soulless monsters at Gemmy Industries evidently took notice, though, and have engineered an official Alexa-powered singing fish to bring to market. What have we wrought?

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