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Home Mini was the most popular smart speaker in Q2 2018

Home Mini was the most popular smart speaker in Q2 2018

A new (second-gen) Echo Plus is also on the horizon.

The Strategy Analytics report for the second quarter of 2018 showed the smallest device from Google captured 20 per cent of the market with sales of 2.3 million. And when you want some visuals to go along with all this sound, the new 10-inch Echo Show ($230) has all the benefits of an Echo speaker with the added benefit of being able to look at stuff like photos or your family over the internet.

'We want you to have access to Alexa everywhere-in your kitchen, in your living room, in your office, and more, ' said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Amazon devices global. The screen takes up most of the Echo Show's front, and angles down the rear for a stylish, trapezoidal look.

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While it was no real surprise to see Google and Amazon at the top of the smart speaker sales list, their dominance was notable, particularly considering how quickly the home smart speaker market is growing.

The company also introduced Echo Link, which will use existing stereo equipment to control "music selection, volume, and multi-room playback on your stereo" with the Echo or the Alexa app.

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Image credit The Verge

The new Echo Dot. According to David Limp, the senior vice president of Amazon Devices, the ubiquitous microwave was long overdue for an upgrade. All these will be coming as a part of a free software update. For example, it will soon be able to detect when you're whispering, like if you're asking for a lullaby, and whisper back.

For parents, Alex can start getting kids to bed with "Routines for Kids". For example, by saying, "Alexa, bedtime", a programmed device could turn off the lights, play a lullaby and set the temperature to 65 degrees.

The Amazon Echo Clock will cost $29.99 and will ship later this year. The first physical design, a matte black cylinder, was uninspired, but the always-on speaker and Alexa resonated with consumers.

The smart plug seems a bit of an unnecessary addition to the range, given the Echo's compatibility with tonnes of existing identical products, made wider still by the Echo Plus with its Zigbee credentials.

Other companies have tried to imitate Amazon's success. It will be available on its own and bundled with other speakers starting with some from Bose and Eufy. It was also revealed that its suppliers were based in Taiwan who had been notified to beef up the production speed of this Google speaker to meet the decided launch date at Christmas.

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Fortunately, we have very strong young players: "Loftus-Cheek, Hudson-Odoi, Ampadu. and I'd like to give them the right space". The foundations are being laid for one of the English Premier League's most exhilarating and competitive title races.

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