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Ultimate Ears MEGABLAST Bluetooth speaker falls to $150 ($150 off) on Amazon

Logitech's Ultimate Ears brand makes good products, but they can sometimes be overpriced. Case in point: the MEGABLAST launched at $299.99, a lot of money for a Bluetooth speaker that isn't 100% perfect. Over the past months, we've seen several price drops for the MEGABLAST, but Amazon's current price of $150.01 is the best we've seen thus far.

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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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[Update: Back on sale] Grab a refurbished JBL Link 10 portable Assistant speaker for $40 (50% off)

Before I bought my Google Home Mini, I used a portable Bluetooth Jawbone Jambox to play music at home, but when I built my smart home infrastructure, I wanted to use Assistant to control my tunes while still being able to carry them around the house. Back then, Google Homes couldn't connect to external Bluetooth speakers, so I invested in a portable Sony one with Chromecast support so I could still enjoy some music while showering.

Nevertheless, a few truly portable and wireless smart speakers later came out on the market and let you interact with Assistant without worrying about cables.

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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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