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Huawei ban reportedly killed an Assistant-powered smart speaker

Huawei has not had a great 2019. Just a few short years ago, the company was gearing up for a big push in North America. Then, the political climate got downright chilly for Chinese firms. Now, Huawei is facing down a technology trade ban that threatens to cut it off from US suppliers. The Information reports that one casualty of the dustup was an Assistant-powered smart speaker from Huawei.

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The best Prime Day deals on smart speakers, headphones, and audio

Every big multi-billion dollar tech conglomerate offers a personal digital assistant for their locked-in ecosystem, and some are better than others. If you're big into home automation and services integration, though, then the odds are that you use Google's Assistant or Amazon's Alexa. So whether you're looking to expand the reach of your home's smart speaker coverage or just interested in picking up a pair of dumb Bluetooth headphones, we've got a list of Prime Day deals for you.

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Amazon deals on Echo speakers include $25 Echo Dot, $70 Echo

Apparently, it's smart speaker sales day — Google is taking chonks off its Google Home Mini, Google Home, and Google Nest Hub, so of course Amazon has to respond. If you live in an Alexa household and are planning on picking up, say, an Echo or Echo Dot you might want to pick one up today — the retailer has them at comparable discounts.

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The best wireless headphones, USB-C earbuds, and smart speakers you can buy (Summer 2019)

Hey, are you listening to music right this second? Maybe a podcast? I bet you are. If you're looking to upgrade whatever it is you're listening on, you have a ton of options. Android Police tests all kinds of headphones and speakers, but those reviews are a whole lot of words to read. So here, as part of our Most Wanted series, is a digestible list of the audio gear we're really feeling this summer.

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New Samsung 'AI speaker' shows up in FCC filing, could be a smaller Galaxy Home

Samsung unveiled its AKG-branded Galaxy Home smart speaker last summer alongside the Galaxy Note9. That speaker still isn't for sale, but it seems like the company might already be planning to expand the Galaxy Home line with what appears to be a smaller smart speaker submitted today for FCC approval.

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Amazon Echo 2nd gen on sale at all-time low of $65 ($35 off)

We're approaching Mother's Day in the United States and Amazon has a good number of its Echo and Fire devices on sale — our Aatif Sumar just pointed out a very good price on the latest version of the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader. What better way to follow up than to point you to the best price we've seen for the current-gen Amazon Echo speaker.

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Get two Google Home Minis for $48 ($10 off) on Woot for one day only

The Google Home Mini has become the most ubiquitous of smart speakers — Google finds them easy to give away, retailers find them easy to discount or bundle, and there's always plenty of stock to go around. In any case, sales do come by often, but whenever you can get an extra discount, you'll take it. Fortunately, Woot has that extra discount on the Home Mini, you just have to buy two of them and you gotta do it today.

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Blast your favorite tunes with $100 off Google Home Max

The Google Home Max is a top-tier smart speaker, with amazing (and incredibly loud) sound. If you've wanted to pick one up but you've been understandably deterred by the $399 MSRP, now could be your chance: the speaker is $100 off basically anywhere you can find it.

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Google Assistant speakers may soon offer preset buttons for frequent queries

Voice-activated assistant speakers are nothing short of a marvel — science fiction buffs know the tingle in their spine whenever they order their computer to perform a task. But in 2019, we're busy, the novelty has worn off, and we just want the speaker to do a job we often ask for, but without having to say so every time. Well, it looks like Google Assistant speakers and smart displays could soon allow users to assign specific queries to what may be purpose-designed hardware buttons.

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Refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker on sale for $50 ($30 off)

Most Assistant speakers are tied to a power outlet, but the JBL Link 10 can go where you go. It debuted at a rather hefty $150, but the price has since dropped to around $80. Now, you can get a Link 10 for even less cash, as long as you're cool with a refurb. The speaker is on eBay for $49.99.

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