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Smart speak­ers may one day be­come an in­dis­pens­able part of our daily lives. So you should prob­a­bly get to know them

Sharp - - GUIDE - By Alex Nino Ghe­ciu

THE HER-IFI­CA­TION of our liv­ing rooms is upon us. Just as Spike Jonze pre­dicted, sooth­ing fe­male voices will soon per­vade ev­ery house­hold, ready to stream our favourite songs, man our smart home de­vices, an­swer our inane ques­tions, and do ev­ery­thing short of break­ing our hearts. (Hope­fully.) With Ap­ple throw­ing down the gaunt­let to the Ama­zon Echo and Google Home by un­veil­ing its Homepod — slated for re­lease this fall — the smart speaker wars are of­fi­cially on. And for good rea­son: ac­cord­ing to mar­ket re­search firm Strat­egy An­a­lyt­ics, these Ai-pow­ered, voice-ac­ti­vated as­sis­tants will make up 90% of all wire­less speak­ers by 2022. That means, sooner than later, you’re likely go­ing to buy one. But which is right for you? Even Scarjo’s dis­em­bod­ied whis­per can’t an­swer that. Luck­ily, we can.

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