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The best wireless headphones, USB-C earbuds, and smart speakers you can buy (Fall 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 fall.

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Google Home starts letting users transfer streams between speakers and displays

Maybe you've taken smartening up your home seriously to the point where you have a smart speaker, display, TV, or a combination of any of them in every room of your house. With all that space and all the people you share it with, you may have wanted to start listening to music or watching a show on one device, then move it over to another. It's previously been a small ordeal to have to do that, but with late changes to the Google Home app and Google Assistant, you'll be able to make it happen at the voice of your whim.

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The Amazon Echo 2nd gen is just $70 right now ($50 off)

Amazon just introduced a metric truckload of new devices this week, so it shouldn't be too surprising that the company's feeling motivated to clear a little old stock.  Today we're checking out a sale that brings the price of the Amazon Echo 2nd gen smart home speaker down to just $70.

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Google Nest Mini appears to swing by the FCC, seems to confirm wall-mount design

One of the most ubiquitous cheap tech gifts in the past couple of years has to have been the Google Home Mini — if you caught it on sale for as low as $20, you could take care of all your family for Christmas. Recently, intelligence has been developing on a new version of this stout smart speaker — to be known as the "Nest Mini" — and we're now looking at an FCC filing that might tell us more about it.

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Roku's new Smart Soundbar is also a 4K streaming box

We all thought the JBL Link Bar was a clever product when it was announced, but it took more than a year for the Android TV-equipped soundbar to come out. Now, Roku has a similar product, and it's set to launch in just a few weeks. The Roku Smart Soundbar brings big sound to your TV, plus it has a full-featured 4K Roku streaming player inside.

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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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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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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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