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Google overtakes Amazon in smart speaker market in Q1 2018

ZDNet

Google surpassed Amazon in smart speaker sales for the first time in Q1 2018, according to research from Canalys. Google shipped 3.2 million Google Home and Home Mini devices, while Amazon shipped 2.5 million Echo devices. The overall global market grew 210 percent year-over-year, with shipments reaching 9 million units. Google's smart speaker sales grew even faster, at 483 percent year-over-year. The Mountain View company secured just over 32 percent of the market for Q1 2018.


Hogar's Google Assistant speaker has a built-in smart home hub

Engadget

Hogar Controls has unveiled the Google Assistant-powered Milo Smart Home Speaker with a built-in home hub that supports the Z-Wave Plus and Zigbee home automation standards. The versatile device can get you the news and weather from Google's AI, stream music across Bluetooth and WiFi, and control your blinds, lights, locks, thermostats and other devices via the hub.


The Sonos One speaker is at its lowest price ever right now

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The Sonos One has all the benefits of an Echo dot, with the power of an incredible speaker. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Listen up, folks, because I'm about to tell you about a sale that's so hard to come by, I liken it to finding money on the street. Right now until midnight tonight, you can get the first generation Sonos One speaker on B&H for just $144.95, which is by far the lowest price we've ever seen it available for.


Google Home Max: Google's max effort pays off in powerful smart speaker

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

If you care more about your smart speaker's sound than which digital assistant it employs, the new Google Home Max speaker should be on your holiday short list. After days of pumping an eclectic range of music through Google's $399 speaker -- from AC/DC to the Three Tenors -- it's clear the Google Home Max is in a class by itself when it comes to filling a home or apartment with sounds even an audiophile could appreciate. Admittedly, for many people the decision to purchase this or that voice-activated smart speaker has often boiled down to which AI-infused digital assistant you're most comfortable engaging with in your home, most likely Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant. But when music is the priority, different features come into play. Certainly, at $399 there is a high price to pay for such sonic joy.


Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod— or all 3? How to choose a smart speaker

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Jefferson Graham is in the hands-on room at the Made by Google event in San Francisco, showing off new phones, speakers, computer and a camera with a built-in "Google Assistant." Google introduced the Mini and the Max at an event in San Francisco. All you're hearing out of the voice activated "smart speaker" market is static. You wish you could ask Alexa or the Google Assistant to help you sort out this burgeoning business, a space in which the biggest names in tech are all crowding around to grab your attention. You wonder how much to spend.