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Google Home Mini given away to some users in these apps

Google Home Mini given away to some users in these apps

A select number of Android users over the past day have seen Google show them a pop-up with an image of a Google Home Mini. This pop-up - or block, rectangle, whatever you'd like to call it - included the following text. "Enjoy a gift for using the Google Assistant," said the Google note, with the one catch: "Just pay for shipping."

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Roku and Walmart launch budget Smart Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer

Roku and Walmart launch budget Smart Soundbar and Wireless Subwoofer

Roku has teamed with Walmart to launch its new Onn Roku Smart Soundbar and Onn Roku Wireless Subwoofer. The two products are offered under Walmart's Onn brand at lower prices than Roku's previously launched Smart Soundbar product, offering better audio than one would get from their TV's built-in speakers, but at a price that makes the devices affordable for most consumers.

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Sonos Move on sale now: Here’s why you want one

Sonos Move on sale now: Here’s why you want one

If you're one of the many who have been waiting for Sonos to make a Bluetooth speaker, then here's some good news: the Sonos Move is available to purchase beginning today. The Move bucks some of the trends established by many Bluetooth speakers out there. For starters, this is no sub-$100 Bluetooth speaker that's meant to be more of an impulse purchase, but rather a wireless speaker with a premium price of $399.

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Sonos Move Review: Cutting cords not corners

Sonos Move Review: Cutting cords not corners

Expectations were high for Sonos Move, the multi-room audio company's first portable, Bluetooth-compatible speaker. Dangerously high, you could argue: Sonos says its users have been asking for a completely wire-free speaker pretty much from day one, and that's plenty of time for an outlandish wish-list to develop. The reality of the $399 Move is that it's not quite the speaker we expected - the question is whether that's a good thing or bad.

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HomePod multi-user support is finally on the way

HomePod multi-user support is finally on the way

Apple packed a lot of announcements into its iPhone reveal event yesterday, but one device that didn't get a shoutout is the AirPod. Despite that, it seems that Apple still has big plans for the speaker throughout the rest of the year. In all, there are three incoming features for the AirPod, and one in particular is something users have been asking for since the HomePod launched.

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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Bowers & Wilkins Formation Flex gives HomePod some high-end competition

Back in April, Bowers & Wilkins revealed what it calls the Formation Suite, a collection of five different products intended to play nice with one another and give users multi-room audio options. Today, the company introduced what could wind up being the core of the Formation Suite, announcing a new speaker called the Formation Flex. It seems that the Formation Flex is a challenger to speakers like Apple's HomePod and Sonos' smart speakers, so Bowers & Wilkins definitely has some market competition.

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Sonos Move hands-on: $399 Bluetooth speaker cuts all cords

Sonos Move hands-on: $399 Bluetooth speaker cuts all cords

Pretty much from day one, Sonos customers have been asking for a portable speaker and one which can be taken outside: the new Sonos Move delivers both. As you might expect from the company pioneering streaming audio long before Spotify and Apple Music were even born, though, the Move is no ordinary wireless speaker. Yes, Sonos has made a Bluetooth speaker, and an expensive one at that, but it did so as only it could.

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Sonos One SL and Sonos Port official: No-mic speaker and AV amp add-on

Sonos One SL and Sonos Port official: No-mic speaker and AV amp add-on

Sonos' big news today may be Move, the company's first portable speaker, but it also has two other products to help build out your whole-home streaming audio system. The Sonos One SL offers another option for those looking for an affordable speaker but without integrated assistant support, while the Sonos Port is a nod to the audiophile crowd with some special features to make their installations more effective.

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Beosound Stage marks B&O’s entry into the soundbar market

Beosound Stage marks B&O’s entry into the soundbar market

As TV sets get thinner and thinner, the task of providing quality, immersive audio falls on external speakers instead. But while woofers and sub-woofers are most consumers go-to solutions, many of them clash with the elegance or simplicity of thin TVs, especially those mounted on walls that seem to disappear into them. That's where soundbars come in and one of the newest entry to that market is one of the speaker market's oldest players, Bang & Olufsen and its Beosound Stage bar.

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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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