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Sonos and Ikea’s collaborative Symfonisk line of speakers are coming this August

Saturday, January 19th, 2019

In the long-forgotten year 2017, Ikea announced that it was collaborating with Sonos for future products, and a year later it named the coming fruit of such a union: The Symfonisk line of speakers. Initially pegged for a nebulous "2019" launch, a video released by Ikea two days ago states that the new products will be landing this August.

The wall-mounted speaker visible above is "the first" Symfonisk speaker, according to previous Ikea announcements.

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Sonos and Ikea's collaborative Symfonisk line of speakers are coming this August was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Aukey’s rugged Bluetooth speaker is $22 (more than half off) on Amazon

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

In our Wi-Fi-connected-everything reality, Bluetooth-only speakers aren't all that exciting. If you spend a lot of your time outdoors, though, Wi-Fi probably isn't your closest friend, and you might find yourself wanting for a wireless speaker that can brave the elements. Aukey sells just such a speaker, and it's currently more than half of on Amazon with a coupon code.

Aukey's outdoor speaker is water- and shock-resistant, making it ideal for use in situations where it might get dropped or splashed.

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Aukey's rugged Bluetooth speaker is $22 (more than half off) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Tip: Google Assistant’s Broadcast replies are live

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Every few weeks, Google announces (and sometimes re-announces) a bunch of new Assistant features, so it's getting a little difficult to keep track of all of them. Among those was an option to reply to broadcasts, and now it's live.

Well, technically, we're not sure when it became live, but it is working now. If you broadcast a message to your speakers (you can't choose one, it has to be sent to all), they will play it back and then offer a little hint: you can reply to the message if you want.

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Tip: Google Assistant's Broadcast replies are live was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The UE Megablast speaker is $125 ($50 off) from Amazon

Saturday, November 17th, 2018

The 'Megablast' speaker from Ultimate Ears is over a year old at this point, but it's still one of the best third-party Alexa speakers. It can play music over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and earlier this year, support for hands-free Alexa was added (so it functions just like an Echo/Echo Dot). Now it has dropped to $124.99 on Amazon — a reduction of $50 from the previous price of $174.99.

The UE Megablast is a portable smart speaker, with 360-degree sound and up to 12 hours of battery life.

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The UE Megablast speaker is $125 ($50 off) from Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

One of the Pixel 3 XL’s front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Earlier today we reported that Google's latest Pixels had some low audio quality when recording videos, but that isn't the only issue to have appeared since the pair of phones launched. There are also widespread reports that the Pixel 3 XL's two stereo front-facing speakers have drastically different volumes. According to a statement made by Google on Reddit, this profound difference in sound balance is intentional.

It's hard to call that stereo.

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One of the Pixel 3 XL's front-facing speakers is (much) louder than the other was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google’s Smart Displays and Assistant speakers will now tell you about specific news events

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Google Assistant-equipped speakers have already been able to give recaps about the news, and Smart Displays took that a step further by also showing relevant videos. However, you were out of luck if you wanted to hear specific topics read out to you. Google is now fixing that, so long as you're in the US.

Asking an Assistant speaker a specific news question such as "What's the latest on NASA?" will cause excerpts of relevant news articles to be read aloud to you.

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Google's Smart Displays and Assistant speakers will now tell you about specific news events was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker $114 at Best Buy and Amazon (half off MSRP)

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Bluetooth speakers may not be as exciting as the futuristic, digital assistant-enabled hardware that's making the rounds these days, but they're still useful. When you're throwing a party on the deck or out at the beach, it isn't a Google Home that you reach for when packing. You need more volume, fewer wires, and battery-powered convenience, all of which the Beats Pill+ provides. And now you can pick one up for about half of MSRP ($114) at Best Buy and Amazon.

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[Deal Alert] Beats Pill+ Bluetooth speaker $114 at Best Buy and Amazon (half off MSRP) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos’ new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Just earlier today, Sonos announced its new Beam, a soundbar that's 60% the size of the company's previous Playbar, all while including features like Airplay 2, Alexa functionality, and a surprisingly big sound for the size—or so Sonos claims. 

Sonos products might be eclipsed by a discrete system, but you're unlikely to find something else with the same quality at Sonos' size, especially considering the level of software support and features the company regularly provides.

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[Update: Out now] Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now $47.99] Deal alert: Nyne Adventure Bluetooth Speaker is $55.99 at Best Buy ($94 off)

Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Tiny Bluetooth speakers are almost literally a dime a dozen these days, but high-quality larger units can be harder to track down. Nyne, in addition to having a 3/4 of a pretty rad name, makes a wide selection of contemporary Bluetooth boombox replacements. And today the "splash-proof" 40W Nyne Adventure is just $55.99 at Best Buy, in stark contrast to the $149 price at the OEM's site

The Adventure has a built-in mic for phone calls, NFC for quick and easy Bluetooth pairing, 3.5mm AUX input, and up to 100 foot Bluetooth range.

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[Update: Now $47.99] Deal alert: Nyne Adventure Bluetooth Speaker is $55.99 at Best Buy ($94 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Beam is Sonos’ new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Just earlier today, Sonos announced its new Beam, a soundbar that's 60% the size of the company's previous Playbar, all while including features like Airplay 2, Alexa functionality, and a surprisingly big sound for the size—or so Sonos claims. 

Sonos products might be eclipsed by a discrete system, but you're unlikely to find something else with the same quality at Sonos' size, especially considering the level of software support and features the company regularly provides.

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Beam is Sonos' new $399 smart soundbar, available July 17th was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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