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Bose announces Portable Home Speaker with built-in Google Assistant and a battery

There are a lot of Assistant-powered smart speakers out there these days, but portable speakers with the same functionality and the benefit of a battery are less common, especially from higher-end brands. But today, Bose is announcing its new Portable Home Speaker, with both Google's Assistant and Amazon's Alexa built-in, plus AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect, all powered by a battery that lasts up to 12 hours. As a Bose product, sound quality is sure to please, though it comes with a Bose-appropriate $350 price tag.

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Google reportedly planning a new, louder 'Nest Mini' with 3.5mm jack, wall mount, and proximity awareness

Google's Home Mini smart speaker debuted all the way back in 2017, from which point it's worked its way into almost every cheap internet giveaway or coupon deal in the last two years. According to 9to5Google, a second-generation "Nest Mini" is planned, which will bring better audio quality, wall-mounting, "proximity awareness," and a 3.5mm jack — a feature even the hotly anticipated Pixel 4 doesn't have.

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Grab a Google Home Mini for less than $20 on Rakuten (60% off)

If you still haven't purchased a smart speaker or want to get an extra one, today's your lucky day, as Rakuten is running an offer that lets you get the Google Home Mini for just $20. This is even cheaper than the ongoing deal for $25 apiece, thanks to an additional 20% off.

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Weekend poll: How many smart speakers do you have?

Late last year, it was estimated that around a quarter of all US households had at least one smart speaker. Android Police readers were a bit ahead of the curve back in 2017, when almost half of you claimed to have one or more Google Home, and the Assistant is by far the most popular voice assistant among our audience. But today in 2019, with Prime Day's recent sales potentially making a difference, just how many smart speakers do you have?

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Google Home Max drops to just $209 on Rakuten with promo code

The Home Max is Google's biggest smart speaker offering, and it debuted in late 2017 for a princely $399. Unsurprisingly, prices have since fallen. Right now you can pick a Home Max up for just $209, a little over half of its original MSRP, from Beach Camera via Rakuten with a promo code.

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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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