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You can get Google smart speakers for a great price right now

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Get a great discount on the Google Nest as well as other smart speakers. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Smart assistants make life a little bit easier (something we could all use right now) by completing simple tasks like checking the weather, connecting to smart home devices, and answering every little question your heart desires. All it takes is a simple voice command. If you've wanted to add a new smart assistant to your life, you can save up to 40% on select Google smart speakers at Best Buy right now.

Save $50 on this popular smart speaker and personal assistant


TL;DR: As of Aug. 27, you can get the popular Echo Plus (2nd Gen) smart speaker for $50 off, bringing the total cost down to $99.99. We have gone ahead and found a personal assistant that you don't have to stay 6 feet away from, or even pay. The Echo Plus can't help you cook dinner or pick up your dry cleaning, but it can help with everyday tasks like setting up reminders and alarms. It can even help you control your house using just your voice. Depending on what compatible devices you have, you could potentially turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and much more.

Baidu unveils 3 smart speakers with its Duer digital assistant


Baidu announced a trio of hardware products at the Consumer Electronics Show today that all connect to its Duer personal assistant, including a smart projector designed to serve the Japanese market.

Sonos One Is The Company's First Standalone Amazon Alexa Smart Speaker

International Business Times

Sonos has finally announced its own smart speaker that's powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. Called the Sonos One, the upcoming smart speaker will arrive on Oct. 24 for $199. The Sonos One will work with different voice assistants, but at launch it will be powered by Alexa, the same digital assistant that's on Amazon's Echo speakers. The company says that its smart speaker will also work with Google Assistant in 2018, making the Sonos One the very first smart speaker that support multiple voice services. "We live in a golden age of streaming entertainment," Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said.

What You Should Consider When Thinking About Gifting Smart Speakers This Season

NPR Technology

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Lily Hay Newman, security reporter at Wired, about why you should consider security and privacy before gifting an internet-connected device such as a smart speaker.