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[Deal Alert] Grab a refurbished Sonos Play:1 speaker for $119 ($30 off)

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Sonos makes some primo speakers, but they're priced accordingly, making them a luxury. Back when the Sonos Play:1 launched, it came with a premium MSRP of $199; that price subsequently fell to a still-pretty-high $149. But today, Sonos is selling refurbished units for $119, $30 off the already reduced price.

The Play:1 doesn't have Google Assistant or even Chromecast functionality (that's the similarly-named Sonos One), but it can stream music over Wi-Fi from Google Play Music, Spotify, Apple Music, and a bunch of other services using the Sonos app.

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[Deal Alert] Grab a refurbished Sonos Play:1 speaker for $119 ($30 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Get a UE Megablast speaker for $175 ($125 off) on Amazon

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

Ultimate Ears' Megablast speaker, by all accounts, sounds great. It's pricey, though, at an MSRP of $299.99. Back in April, we saw it going for $190, which was its lowest-ever price up to that point. Right now, it's even cheaper than that: just $175 on Amazon.

In his review, Richard praised the Megablast's sound quality and sheer volume, noting that the speaker can get "absurdly loud" at full blast.

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[Deal Alert] Get a UE Megablast speaker for $175 ($125 off) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Marshall Voice smart speakers with Amazon Alexa launching October 2, Google Assistant versions coming later this year

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Marshall, famed maker of guitar amps and, more recently, cutesy Bluetooth speakers that resemble guitar amps, has announced that it's got a slew of new devices on the horizon. The lineup includes refreshes of both its Acton and Stanmore speakers that will each include support for Amazon Alexa, coming October 2 — with versions sporting the Google Assistant coming later this year.

The Acton II and Stanmore II mark Marshall's debut in the smart speaker market.

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Marshall Voice smart speakers with Amazon Alexa launching October 2, Google Assistant versions coming later this year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Bang & Olufsen announces very expensive Assistant-powered speakers that don’t even look like speakers

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Not long ago, the only Assistant-powered speakers you could get were Google's own. The selection has since expanded with the likes of Sony, Harman, LG, and Anker. Now, Bang & Olufsen has announced some Assistant speakers. The cheaper of the two costs $1,750, which more than four times the cost of a Google Home Max. On the plus side, they don't look like speakers.

The Beosound 1 and Beosound 2 look like aluminum cones, which is not a shape you'd usually associate with speakers.

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Bang & Olufsen announces very expensive Assistant-powered speakers that don't even look like speakers was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung could debut a Bixby smart speaker in the coming weeks

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Samsung is reportedly inching closer to unveiling a competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo — starring nobody's favorite voice assistant. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the company is preparing to reveal its own Bixby-powered smart speaker sometime in the next several weeks.

We first heard rumors of such a device late last year. The latest report comes alongside further rumors in the never-ending saga of Samsung's foldable smartphone.

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Samsung could debut a Bixby smart speaker in the coming weeks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] GGMM D6 20W speaker dock for Echo Dot on sale for $41.85 ($15 off) via Amazon today only

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Smart speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but the smallest ones are basically in impulse purchase territory now. the problem: the speaker performance isn't great in devices like the Echo Dot. Today's Amazon Goldbox deal includes a neat speaker dock for the dot that adds a lot more power.

The GGMM D6 looks quite a bit like the full-sized Echo speaker. However, it has a slot at the top to add an Echo Dot.

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[Deal Alert] GGMM D6 20W speaker dock for Echo Dot on sale for $41.85 ($15 off) via Amazon today only was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sonos files for IPO to become a public company

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Speaker maker Sonos has filed paperwork in the US to become a publicly traded company. The company plans to join the Nasdaq under the symbol SONO. It didn't specify an initial list price for shares, but it used a placeholder value of $100 million. That could go up or down as we get closer to the sale.

The company's S-1 filing offers our first detailed look at how Sonos speakers are selling.

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Sonos files for IPO to become a public company was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google bought a U.K. sound startup specializing in haptics and turning surfaces into speakers last year

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

According to a recent article by Bloomberg, late last year Google sneakily picked up a U.K.-based startup called Redux that was working on some snazzy tech which can turn surfaces—like the screen on a phone or tablet—into speakers, and even provide more focused haptic effects. The precise date of the acquisition isn't certain, but according to Crunchbase, the deal was announced last August. 

Redux's site has been taken down since the acquisition, but thanks to the magic of the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, we can see some of the details behind the startup.

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Google bought a U.K. sound startup specializing in haptics and turning surfaces into speakers last year was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Even more Google Assistant speakers are on their way, from the likes of Anker, B&O, and Klipsch

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

According to Google, the company has been selling Home speakers at a rate of more than one per second since the Home Mini was released late last year. That's an incredible statistic, and it doesn't even take into account Assistant speakers from third-parties that have been available since last fall. Last year, we learned about devices from Mobvoi, Panasonic, Sony, and Anker's Zolo sub-brand. They were clearly the tip of the iceberg.

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Even more Google Assistant speakers are on their way, from the likes of Anker, B&O, and Klipsch was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home Max review: The best (and most expensive) smart speaker

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The chances are almost 100% that everyone reading this has some way to access the Google Assistant. You might even have more than one Assistant device now that most phone released in the last few years have support and Google is handing out Home Minis like they're going to expire. The original Google Home has a respectable speaker for the size, and many people use it to listen to music. Yet, for anyone who's serious about their tunes, the Home and Home Mini just don't cut it.

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Google Home Max review: The best (and most expensive) smart speaker was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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