Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market, survey shows

Google Home Hub Smart Display Speaker

The full-sized Amazon Echo came in third with 12 percent market share, while Alibaba's Tmall Genie and Google Home rounded out the top five, each grabbing 7 percent of shipments.

Amazon also unveiled two new devices squarely aimed at the high-end audio crowd. Meanwhile, as voice control and conversational computing takes hold, Alexa is establishing a presence in offices, cars and other spaces.

"The number of smart speaker models available worldwide has grown significantly over the last twelve months as vendors look to capitalise on the explosive market growth", said David Mercer, vice president at Strategy Analytics.

Think of an Echo Dot and then flatten it and remove the speakers.

The Amazon Basics microwave includes Alexa and a Dash button that can order more popcorn. On the front, as already mentioned, there will be a massive 7-inch display, while in the back there will be a large full-range speaker unit.

Presumably, you can plug your microwave into Amazon's new Smart Plug. Unlike the regular model, however, this new Echo Plus offers a much more powerful base and should offer a clearer sound output, although this will remain to be seen. Background road noise, the sound of the radio, and other people talking can get in the way of Alexa understanding, hence the need to squeeze eight microphones inside.

The 100-watt Echo Sub can be wirelessly paired with one Echo speaker for a 1.1 configuration, or with two of the same Echo speakers for a 2.1 set-up, aiming to bring more brunt to a stereo pair through its down-firing 6in woofer. The description also says the plug can also be used to set up schedules for appliances and devices with the Alexa App. Echo Link and Echo Link Amp can promise better sound, and are meant to replace existing receivers and amplifiers. The standard voice commands that work on Google Home devices will also work here with the additional advantage of a LCD screen.

And that's your hardware lot. You can, for instance, set it up so that Alexa automatically turns on the fan if your living room reaches a certain temperature.

Echo Auto: This tiny device puts the Amazon Echo in your vehicle and uses the location from your phone??? to offer directions, trigger events as you get near your home and even suggest nearby restaurants. Hulu said in a statement sent to Cord Cutters News.

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