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Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon Echo multi-room music arrives (sorry Sonos)

Amazon announced a rather huge addition for its Echo family of smart speakers today. This new feautre is called "multi-room music" and, as that name suggests, it allows you to target your music playback to specific groups of speakers throughout your house. We're guessing that Sonos might be at least a little worried about this, especially considering recent rumors that the company looking to launch an Alexa-based smart speaker of its own.

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Sonos smart speaker with voice control tipped for multiple platforms

Sonos smart speaker with voice control tipped for multiple platforms

A new filing with the FCC suggests that Sonos may soon make some big moves in the world of smart speakers. Though the company already offers some services that achieve smart home integration at a software level (such as compatibility with the Spotify app), it would seem that Sonos will soon be ready to take the next big step: built in smart home hardware. More precisely, this means a speaker with a built in mic for voice controls.

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Coolpad Splatter flirts with Amazon Alexa on a budget

Coolpad Splatter flirts with Amazon Alexa on a budget

You’d be forgiven if you’ve never head of Coolpad before. Unless you always keep an eye on budget phones and tablets in other markets, the only time you might have heard of the Chinese OEM is in news related to malware and spyware. Undaunted, the company is making yet another daring stab at the US market with the Coolpad Splatter. While unremarkable by itself, this mid-range smartphone might very well be the cheapest Alexa-empowered smartphone in the market.

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Amazon cancels free Echo Dot orders after discount fluke

Amazon cancels free Echo Dot orders after discount fluke

If you were one of the lucky few that got to place an Amazon order for a free Echo Dot during a brief window on Friday, we've got some bad news for you (assuming you haven't already got the email). Just as many shoppers expected, the smart speaker was made free as a result of a discount code issued in error, and Amazon has said that it is canceling these orders, but will be giving those affected a small credit in apology.

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Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

Amazon free Echo Dot promo goes live for just a few minutes

A clandestine Audible promotion made Amazon's Echo Dot free for a short window, though the deal was only stumbled upon accidentally on Friday afternoon. The promotion, only disclosed when Echo Dot buyers had the smart speaker in their cart and had reached the checkout stage, was listed only as an "Audible Promo" credit. However, it reduced the normally $49.99 device to free.

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Amazon Alexa just raised the stakes ahead of HomePod

Amazon Alexa just raised the stakes ahead of HomePod

Amazon's war on the Google Assistant - and pre-emptive assault on Apple's HomePod - continues today, streamlining the ways for Alexa to spread to third-party hardware. The retail behemoth has been pushing Alexa as a simple way for device-makers to add AI smarts to their products without going to the time-consuming hassle and expense of developing their own virtual agent. Now, it's even closer to being a plug-and-play process.

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Amazon will pay for popular Alexa skills to keep Echo’s edge

Amazon will pay for popular Alexa skills to keep Echo’s edge

Making skills for voice agents isn't just a hobby now, with Amazon opening up its wallet for those who make popular skills for Alexa. Intended to encourage developers to adopt Alexa as their virtual assistant platform of choice, the reward will be offered to those making skills in the US, UK, and Germany initially. However, Amazon is playing coy with exactly how much developers might hope to make.

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Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM get Amazon Alexa support

Ultimate Ears BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM get Amazon Alexa support

Ultimate Ears has announced the arrival of Amazon Alexa support for its UE BOOM 2 and UE MEGABOOM speakers, enabling both to be used as smart speakers in conjunction with an Android smartphone. The new functionality arrives in the form of app and firmware updates, all of which are free, of course. Once updated, using Alexa with the speaker is as simple as tapping a button.

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Anker Eufy Genie undercuts Echo Dot for low-cost Alexa

Anker Eufy Genie undercuts Echo Dot for low-cost Alexa

If you're looking to break into the world of smart home IoT, a lot of people would recommend Amazon's Echo speaker, which is home to Alexa. The problem with that suggestion is that while the Echo is a solid smart speaker, it's also $180. The Echo Dot, which only costs $50, removes a lot of that cost by paring back on features, but now the Echo Dot has an even less expensive competitor: The Anker Eufy Genie.

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Amazon Echo multiroom audio tipped to launch soon

Amazon Echo multiroom audio tipped to launch soon

Amazon is preparing to launch multiroom audio support for its Amazon Echo devices, sources have claimed, enabling users to play music in more than one room at once. The multiroom audio feature recently finished internal testing, per the sources, indicating it will be arriving on Echo in the relatively near future. Alexa will be able to respond to commands made to any one of the multi-unit speaker groups, too.

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Amazon Echo price cut sees Best Buy ape Prime Day

Amazon Echo price cut sees Best Buy ape Prime Day

We're in the trenches of the smart speaker wars, and as Apple's HomePod nears we're seeing more and more attempts by Amazon and Google to get their own systems embedded in your home - and your routine - before Cupertino's arrives. If you've been on the fence, today might be the day to pick up an Amazon Echo, with another promotion on both the original model and the smaller, Echo Dot version. However, it's not through Amazon this time around.

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Alexa music for activities wants to help you hook-up

Alexa music for activities wants to help you hook-up

If you're an Amazon Prime Music or Music Unlimited subscriber and you have an Alexa device, some interesting new functionality is unlocking for you today. While you've always been able to voice search for music using parameters like genre or mood, you'll now be able to ask Alexa to play music that fits with your current activity. Yes, even those activities.

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