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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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The highly-rated Bose SoundLink Revolve Bluetooth speaker is down to $159 ($40 off)

If you're searching for a high-quality portable Bluetooth speaker, look no more. The positively reviewed Bose SoundLink Revolve has hit an all-time low on Amazon as it's currently selling for $159, $40 down from its original MSRP. 

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Sonos and Ikea's collaborative Symfonisk line of speakers are coming this August

In the long-forgotten year 2017, Ikea announced that it was collaborating with Sonos for future products, and a year later it named the coming fruit of such a union: The Symfonisk line of speakers. Initially pegged for a nebulous "2019" launch, a video released by Ikea two days ago states that the new products will be landing this August.

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Aukey's rugged Bluetooth speaker is $22 (more than half off) on Amazon

In our Wi-Fi-connected-everything reality, Bluetooth-only speakers aren't all that exciting. If you spend a lot of your time outdoors, though, Wi-Fi probably isn't your closest friend, and you might find yourself wanting for a wireless speaker that can brave the elements. Aukey sells just such a speaker, and it's currently more than half of on Amazon with a coupon code.

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Tip: Google Assistant's Broadcast replies are live

Every few weeks, Google announces (and sometimes re-announces) a bunch of new Assistant features, so it's getting a little difficult to keep track of all of them. Among those was an option to reply to broadcasts, and now it's live.

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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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One of the Pixel 3 XL's front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other

Earlier today we reported that Google's latest Pixels had some low audio quality when recording videos, but that isn't the only issue to have appeared since the pair of phones launched. There are also widespread reports that the Pixel 3 XL's two stereo front-facing speakers have drastically different volumes. According to a statement made by Google on Reddit, this profound difference in sound balance is intentional.

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Bose announces Alexa-enabled Home Speaker 500, Soundbar 500, and Soundbar 700

Yesterday, Bose announced three new entries into its smart speaker line-up. Each comes with Alexa, though Bose notes that "other voice assistants [will] follow," meaning that Assistant is hopefully not too far off. As usual, you can expect very high prices, but also that sound quality the company has built its reputation on.

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Google's Smart Displays and Assistant speakers will now tell you about specific news events

Google Assistant-equipped speakers have already been able to give recaps about the news, and Smart Displays took that a step further by also showing relevant videos. However, you were out of luck if you wanted to hear specific topics read out to you. Google is now fixing that, so long as you're in the US.

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[Deal Alert] Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker $114 at Best Buy and Amazon (half off MSRP)

Bluetooth speakers may not be as exciting as the futuristic, digital assistant-enabled hardware that's making the rounds these days, but they're still useful. When you're throwing a party on the deck or out at the beach, it isn't a Google Home that you reach for when packing. You need more volume, fewer wires, and battery-powered convenience, all of which the Beats Pill+ provides. And now you can pick one up for about half off MSRP ($114) at Best Buy and Amazon.

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