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First-gen Sonos One smart speaker falls to $150 ($19 off) on Amazon

Anyone familiar with Sonos products will know how rarely discounted they are, so any reduction in price is a welcome sight. Amazon is currently offering the first-generation Sonos One speaker for $149.99, $19 less than Sonos' current price of $169 and $49 less than the old MSRP before the new model debuted.

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Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker — which you forgot about — finally has a release date

The Galaxy Home was announced alongside the Galaxy Note9 back in August of last year, but it's been radio silence for the Bixby smart speaker since then. Samsung's Consumer Electronics CEO now says that the Galaxy Home will be released in the third quarter of this year, meaning it'll have been around a year since its initial debut.

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Start setting up your smart home with 26% off Nest Hub, Hello Doorbell, and Google Home Mini bundle, now for $280

If you're thinking of making your home smarter or even improving your game to replace your smart speaker with an intelligent display, you're in luck, as this deal lets you get a nice bundle for $98 less than the regular MSRP. For this price, you'll get a Nest Hub smart display, a Hello doorbell, and a Google Home Mini speaker, which work seamlessly together to make your life easier.

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Do not want: Facebook allegedly working on its own voice assistant

According to a report by CNBC, Facebook is allegedly working behind the scenes on a voice assistant. The social network giant hasn't shied away from trying new things, no matter how divergent from its core business, but this latest dabble seems even more interesting, considering people's growing wariness of the company's practices.

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RIP: Insignia's cheap and popular Assistant-equipped speakers have been discontinued

We'd like a moment of silence for our fallen friend, the oft-discounted, Assistant-equipped Insignia Voice smart speaker. It was officially discontinued sometime around the turn of April, and it's no longer offered by Best Buy, which owns Insignia.

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Put an Echo Dot in every room with this 3-pack deal for $70

Smart speakers are useful in our daily lives: They help us remember things, answer questions we ask them, and can even control our lights and appliances. They're not cheap, though, and since the least expensive Echo speaker typically costs $50, you have to be selective about which rooms to put them in. However, thanks to this deal on a 3-pack bundle, you can get three third-generation Echo Dots for just $70 and enjoy talking to Alexa anywhere in your house.

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Google Assistant phone calls are spreading to more third-party speakers

Feature parity is a huge point of contention in Android, and now in Google Assistant speakers too. Whenever Google announces a new ability for its Home line-up, you can toss a coin and it's pretty much 50-50 whether this will work on Assistant speakers from other brands. For phone calls, the situation has been more dire. Even though Google Home users could make a voice call starting August 2017 (in the US first), those with third-party speakers didn't have that option. But things are getting better.

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Google gives up on Android Things as an IoT platform, now will just be for smart speakers and displays

Google's operating system for lightweight Internet of Things devices, the fittingly-named Android Things OS, was originally intended to run on a wide array of hardware. It has seen the most success in Google Assistant-powered smart displays and speakers, and now that's the only product category Android Things will be certified for.

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[Update: Sold out] JBL's battery-powered Google Assistant speaker is just $60 ($90 off) on Newegg right now

When it comes to mass market speakers, JBL is pretty well-known name. We've seen the company enter the smart home space, too, with items like the Link View and Link Bar. But in the vein of crazy deals, Newegg is currently offering the Link 10 for just $60 right now. That's a very cheap Assistant speaker.

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The UE Megablast speaker is $125 ($50 off) from Amazon

The 'Megablast' speaker from Ultimate Ears is over a year old at this point, but it's still one of the best third-party Alexa speakers. It can play music over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and earlier this year, support for hands-free Alexa was added (so it functions just like an Echo/Echo Dot). Now it has dropped to $124.99 on Amazon — a reduction of $50 from the previous price of $174.99.

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