Alexa is dominating the smart speaker business, while Google Assistant takes a big hit

The latest report from Canalys shows who’s boss in the smart speaker market, with new competition coming from Chinese companies
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Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker still on its way, report suggests

The Samsung Galaxy Home is still nowhere to be seen after its announcement in August 2018, but reports suggest it should be around the corner.
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Samsung Galaxy Home Bixby-powered smart speaker will launch by April

The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker will most likely launch by April, according to the company’s CEO DJ Koh.

Portal and Portal+ are Facebooks new smart speaker with Amazon Alexa

Here are the new set of smart speakers that Facebook is presenting to the market, the Portal and Portal+ that will also ease your privacy concerns

Saint Louis University is placing Echo Dots in all of its dorm rooms

If you’re going to SLU, get used to hearing Alexa. A lot. If you want to opt out, all you do is unplug the device, finish the year and return the Echo Dot.

Fuchsia OS might take Android’s place 5 years from now [UPDATE]

What does Google want to achieve with the arrival of Fuchsia OS five years from now? Nothing publicly, as it is denying any such plans.

Samsung to launch its Bixby smart speaker in August, cheaper than the Google Home Max

Find out when we could see Samsung’s first smart speaker with Bixby 2.0 and its price that will directly take on Apple’s HomePod, and the Google Home Max

Amazon unveils $120 Fire TV Cube streaming media player with Alexa

Pricier than a standard Fire TV or Echo smart speaker, Amazon’s new Fire TV Cube basically brings the two together with hands-free Alexa voice support.

Style-focused Amazon Echo Look goes mainstream, opening US sales at $200

You no longer need an invitation to be able to buy the Amazon Echo Look hands-free camera and “style assistant with Alexa” in the US.

$250 Beats-branded Siri speaker tipped as Apple’s only WWDC 2018 hardware launch

Apple is reportedly keen on “advancing its digital assistant ambitions” at next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, both with expanded Siri capabilities and a lower-cost Beats smart speaker.

Bixby 2.0 is on track to launch with the Galaxy Note 9 this year, and expand to many IoT products soon

You can add Bixby 2.0 to the so far short list of rumored Galaxy Note 9 upgrades, with Samsung’s digital assistant finally slated to receive a bunch of essential improvements in just a few months.

Discounted Google Home Mini? Why not free Google Home Mini with $150+ eBay purchases?

Typically priced at $49, the pint-sized Google Home Mini smart speaker can often be purchased for $39 or less, and is now available free of charge on eBay.

Facebook takes focus off hardware in favor of data privacy tools

The social media company introduced single-page access to all of its privacy tools for users and is stepping off the gas pedal on a smart speaker, originally to be released in May.

LG ThinQ Google Assistant Smart Display and Smart Speaker priced for pre-orders

But details still remain thin for both Google Assistant mediums. No dates for delivery, no specifications, not even a picture. Just a few bare words on a retailer’s site.

Cheaper MacBook Air revival expected in spring and other Apple speculation

Unknown yet is what parts will go into the upgraded 13-inch MacBook models, but it might just be that we could see a sub-$999 MacBook Air soon.

Samsung confirms Bixby smart speaker for H2 2018, no new foldable smartphone ETA

Samsung has confirmed yet again it’s working on both a Bixby-assisted smart speaker and foldable smartphone, but only one of the two is firmly slated for a 2018 launch.

A free $200 value for Surface Pro purchase with Intel Core i5 or i7

Buy a Surface Pro with an i5 and get a straight-up $200 discount. How about the i7? You get a free Cortana-powered smart speaker from Harman Kardon.

Google Home Mini discount goes through December 31

A great holiday gift on standby for the person that wants a smart home or is just too busy to touch a screen to know things.

HomePod unceremoniously delayed until early 2018

The HomePod was supposed to have started shipping in December in Australia, the UK and the US. Not the case anymore, Apple needs extra time.

Canada gets Amazon Alexa, Echo devices, Prime Music

The Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot are coming into Canada December 5 with introductory pricing from today for those who pre-order.

Face ID might be coming to second-gen HomePod

Smart speakers are starting to come with cameras — take the Amazon Echo Look and Echo Show — so it’s fully expected that the next HomePod should get one.

Pre-orders for the Moto Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa start now

This Moto Mod has been long in the making for always-on Alexa commands on your Moto Z phone. It’s finally here for the price of $149.99.

Google APK code could hint at Echo Show mimic, Google Home UI update

A smart speaker with a touchscreen from Google may run right up against Amazon’s Alexa-powered Echo Show. But what’s “Quartz?”

Google Home Mini starts shipping, Verizon promotes JBL Link 300

The $49 donut-sized smart speaker won’t have a huge retail footprint on Big Red’s showfloor, but there are others from JBL to help it out.

‘Regular’ Moto X4 US shipments will start next week, $150 Alexa Moto Mod launching in November

Priced at $400 unlocked, and $330 in an Amazon Prime Exclusive version, the Moto X4 is spreading across the US. A costly Alexa Moto Mod is also near.