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Google Assistant shouts down Alexa at CES

Google's attended CES with its biggest showing in years, arriving with an aggressive round of promotional material for Google Assistant. It comes after Amazon's Alexa was widely seen to have "won" last year's CES with more integrations than Google.

Apple's HomePod was meant to be much more competitive

Apple's upcoming HomePod smart speaker has been in development for five years and was once a much more ambitious device, according to a report today. Apple delayed the launch of the HomePod last week but it's far from the first time it has been setback.

Apple delays its HomePod smart speaker until after the holidays

Apple's delaying the launch of its Amazon Echo-rivalling smart speaker. The HomePod had been due to hit the shelves in December but has now been postponed until "early 2018." The delay for the "breakthrough" product could extend Amazon's market lead.

Free hands-free Wi-Fi calling comes to Google Home

Google has announced it's rolling out free calling to Google Home users in the U.S. and Canada. You can start calls using Google Assistant, letting you keep in touch with friends and family while you work. The recipient will not see your number though.

Samsung is planning its own Bixby-powered smart speaker

Samsung is reportedly developing its own smart speaker as it looks towards the smart home. The device will be powered by the company's Bixby assistant and will rival the Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and Google Home. Development is still ongoing.

Apple unveils HomePod, its Siri-powered smart speaker

After months of rumours, Apple has officially launched its own smart speaker with Siri built in. Called HomePod, the company has sought to create a fully-fledged rival to Amazon's Echo and the Google Home. It's designed to work with Apple Music.

Amazon unveils its touchscreen Echo Show smart speaker

Amazon has announced its first touchscreen Alexa-powered smart speaker. The Echo Show's display is designed to let Alexa "show" you things like photos and lyrics, rather than communicating solely through voice. Its design could prove divisive.

Apple's take on the Amazon Echo could be unveiled in June

Apple could unveil its own smart speaker built to rival Amazon's Echo and Google's Home as early as this June. The company is reportedly close to finalising the device's design ahead of a public reveal at its WWDC developers event in early summer.

Microsoft previews the first Cortana-powered Amazon Echo rival

Microsoft has announced a new Amazon Echo rival based on its Cortana digital assistant. As part of an expansion of Cortana's capabilities, Microsoft has partnered with audio company Harman Kardon to create a smart speaker with the assistant built-in.

LingLong's DingDong is China's answer to the Amazon Echo

Chinese electronics manufacturer LingLong has unveiled its own take on Amazon's Echo voice-activated smart home speaker. It can manage tasks and control home appliances. It is getting the most attention for its translated English name: "DingDong."
 

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