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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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