Google Home Hub Is An Amazon Echo Show Rival Coming This Fall

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Amazon retained its overall lead with a combined market share of 30 percent for its Echo and Echo Dot, the research firm said, compared with 27 percent for Google's 2 speakers.

Naturally our interest is particularly piqued by the new audio products which we suppose marks Amazon's grand entrance into "hi-fi". And Amazon has made some off its cloud-based controls local to the Echo Plus, meaning lights can be controlled even when your internet is down.

Amazon kicked off the smart speaker category in 2014 with the release of its first Echo smart speaker and has dominated it since.

Echo Sub
Echo Sub

The Echo Sub carries a 6-inch down firing woofer, and can be paired wirelessly with one or two Echo devices.

Echo Input connects to your speaker through a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth, and features a four-microphone array so you can talk to Alexa from across the room. And since it's an Echo device, it's got Amazon's Alexa assistant and all the power that it comes with.

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When you want to combine Alexa's intelligence with serious sound equipment, now you can with Echo Link ($200). Connects to the Alexa app on your smartphone, then lets you play music or access all of the same Alexa skills you know and love.

The Echo Dot is the most popular Echo, and "the best selling speaker ever" according to Amazon. Google was first with its Home speaker powered by the Google Assistant.

Echo Show, the video-screen carrying version of the smart speaker, has been given a revamp too, featuring an improved speaker system alongside its 10-inch HD screen, which can be used to stream videos and make video calls.

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Another new product is the Amazon Smart Plug.

You can use voice commands to control the microwave when it's connected to a smart speaker equipped with Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated assistant. The original Google Home and Google Home Max appeared six months and a year after the United States launches, respectively.

The website MySmartPrice has reported the features along with several leaked images of the Google Home Hub along with the screenshots of product specifications that reveal the main design along with specifications details.

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