The hid­den ta­lent

Three big names in smart as­sis­tants, but only two on test...

T3 India - - Smart Home Speakers -


Ama­zon’s ag­gres­sive li­cens­ing of Alexa means it’s made its way into a num­ber of new de­vices re­cently, though not all of them of­fer the same full con­trol or range of skills that Ama­zon’s own Echo range has. Bear that in mind when buy­ing.


At press time, Google’s own de­vices are the only way to use the ad­vanced smarts of Google As­sis­tant at home, but there are more com­ing – the com­pany opened the As­sis­tant up to other com­pa­nies in mid2017, so we’ll see more in 2018.


Ap­ple’s been tak­ing its time bring­ing a Siri-based smart home speaker to mar­ket; Homepod was orig­i­nally slated for a win­ter 2017 re­lease, but has been de­layed un­til early 2018 for more re­fine­ment. It prom­ises su­pe­rior au­dio go­ing up against some strong com­pe­ti­tion.

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