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Google ‘Nest Mini’ 2nd-gen smart speaker leaks with major upgrades

Google ‘Nest Mini’ 2nd-gen smart speaker leaks with major upgrades

In 2017, Google launched a small, relatively inexpensive smart speaker called the Google Home Mini. This UFO-shaped speaker offers users direct access to Google Assistant at a price point lower than the larger Google Home speaker. According to a new report, Google plans to update that device, launching it as the 'Nest Mini' with major new features.

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Sonos Move portable Bluetooth speaker leaks with charging station

Sonos Move portable Bluetooth speaker leaks with charging station

Last week, a leak claimed that audio company Sonos is planning to release its first portable Bluetooth speaker at an event in the near future. A new leak over the weekend has shed light on that product, claiming it will be called the Sonos Move. Among other things, the new leak includes what are claimed to be official product images of the alleged upcoming speaker model.

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Portable Sonos speaker brings Bluetooth to the table

Portable Sonos speaker brings Bluetooth to the table

At one point in time, Sonos was the household name in wireless connected speakers. It has since lost its distinction to other connected speakers and especially to smart speakers. While it does have a loyal following, Sonos speakers lag behind the competition in one crucial thing: Bluetooth streaming. That may soon be a thing of the past with Sonos gearing up for a large event that, if rumors are correct, will see the launch of its first Bluetooth speaker.

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Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd-Gen wireless speaker is made for audiophiles

Naim Mu-so Qb 2nd-Gen wireless speaker is made for audiophiles

Naim Audio has introduced Mu-so Qb 2nd Generation, a relatively small all-in-one wireless speaker that brings 'extensive' hardware and software upgrades over the original model launched in 2016. The unveiling follows Naim's introduction of the Mu-so 2nd Generation speaker in May, a larger model with a similar design and functionality.

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Altice Amplify launches an Alexa smart speaker at an inopportune time

Altice Amplify launches an Alexa smart speaker at an inopportune time

Smart speakers are a hot topic these days and, unfortunately for their makers, not in a good way. Almost all three of the big names have been dragged into controversy but the very first one to be named was Amazon and its Alexa assistant. Given the heat, some might consider it bad timing to launch smart speakers using these AI assistants. That's not stopping cable provider Altice from announcing the Amplify home speaker. Fortunately, that's not its only selling feature.

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Trump killed Huawei’s smart speaker

Trump killed Huawei’s smart speaker

Huawei had planned to unveil a smart speaker made in collaboration with Google at IFA later this year, a new report claims. This smart speaker project was reportedly worked on for around a year before it 'suddenly' came to a stop amid Trump's blacklisting of Huawei in May. Had the speaker been brought to market, the sources claim, it would have offered consumers Google Assistant as an alternative to the existing Home speakers.

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Why IKEA’s $99 Sonos speakers get me excited

Why IKEA’s $99 Sonos speakers get me excited

I confess, I was skeptical about the IKEA SYMFONISK speakers, the Swedish retail behemoth's first collaboration with multi-room audio specialists Sonos. IKEA has always been about affordability, building products to a strict price tag. In contrast, Sonos represented a more polished - and more expensive - experience.

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IKEA SYMFONISK Review: Sonos’ Swedish speaker stars

IKEA SYMFONISK Review: Sonos’ Swedish speaker stars

IKEA and Sonos are the WiFi speaker partnership we never knew we needed, but SYMFONISK could well propel the category into the mainstream. Combining the focus of the price-obsessed Swedish retailer with the increasingly-capable connected speaker specialist, the result is a pair of streaming speakers that are not only affordable but don't sacrifice performance and quality in the process. Frankly, it all sounded too good to be true.

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Google Nest Hub Max release date briefly appears in support document

Google Nest Hub Max release date briefly appears in support document

In early May, Google took the wraps off its new Nest Hub Max, a smart display featuring a built-in camera and 10-inch screen. The device has been available to preorder through the Google Store in the months since its unveiling, but the company has kept the product's release date a secret. That briefly changed earlier today when a shipping date appeared on a Google Support product web page.

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JBL Link Bar, an Android TV soundbar with Google Assistant, is finally shipping

JBL Link Bar, an Android TV soundbar with Google Assistant, is finally shipping

Back in August 2018, JBL started accepting pre-orders for its Link Bar, a hybrid soundbar device that includes Android TV and Google Assistant built-in. The device was positioned as a sort of all-in-one home entertainment experience that brought both Android TV and Google Assistant to one's entertainment setup, but a huge delay prevented consumers from getting the soundbar.

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Sonos smart speakers get Google Assistant in six more countries

Sonos smart speakers get Google Assistant in six more countries

Premium audio company Sonos is bringing Google Assistant to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers in another six countries. The rollout follows Google Assistant's initial arrival on these speaker models in the United States in mid-May, enabling device owners to utilize Google's personal assistant in the same way they would use one of the company's Home speakers.

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Galaxy Note 10 Sound on Display could be its next big feature

Galaxy Note 10 Sound on Display could be its next big feature

The Galaxy Note 10 will be breaking away from its predecessors in more ways than one. While it will thankfully still keep its iconic S Pen stylus, Samsung will be throwing out the headphone jack and possibly some other front sensors. Word on the street now is that it will be throwing out another front-facing component and will, instead, hide the earpiece speaker under the screen.

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