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Amazon Echo sales reach 5M in two years, research firm says, as Google competitor enters market - GeekWire

Amazon's Echo device has reached a sales milestone, with a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners estimating that the retail giant has sold 5.1 million of the smart speakers in the U.S. since it debuted two years ago. Amazon HQ Tour ...and more »

40 fun Google Home Easter eggs to try - CNET

When compared with Amazon's Echo, Dot and Tap speakers, Google Home ($129 at Crutchfield) is missing some of the flair. It doesn't have native support for nearly as many smart home devices. Its list of commands isn't nearly as developed. And it's ...and more »

Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: The choice is obvious - CIO

Amazon Echo was launched almost two years ago and it marked the arrival of AI powered virtual assistants that were not tethered to a cell phone. We don't have screens glued to our faces, we interact with each other through voice and words. Alexa was a ...and more »

OK, Google, what can you do? New tips and tricks for the Google Home - Digital Trends

Google Home, the Home Mini, and the Home Max have been out for awhile now, which is long enough for its owners to really tinker with it and get a feel for its capabilities. Programmers now have the ability to create third-party skills, increasing the ...and more »

Google Home: The Gizmodo Review - Gizmodo Australia

It's late, I've just plugged the Google Home voice assistant in, and I've got a fridge full of pumpkin and pie crusts and Thanksgiving is three weeks away. "OK Google, how do I make a pumpkin pie?" Google Home happily answers my question, firing off a ...and more »

First Google Shop opens in Toronto Best Buy tour -

TORONTO – The first of many Google Shops has opened in Toronto, and we were on hand to check out Google's new retail space in Best Buy locations across North America. At the opening, ITBusiness got the chance to speak with Janell Fischer, Google's ...and more »

Amazon Echo owners can now send texts with AT&T - Business Insider

This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here. Amazon announced that, thanks to a new skill from AT&T, Echo users will be able to send hands-free texts through their AT&T network ...and more »

Review: Google Home, Amazon Echo mix convenience with creepiness - Phys.Org

Having a smart speaker like Amazon Echo or Google Home in the house can feel like you've stepped into the future. It can also feel creepy. And sometimes, really annoying. All these impressions coursed through me over the last several days as I tested ...and more »

Living with Google Home - SlashGear

The Google Assistant has been bundled into the browser, added into Android, and squeezed into Android Wear: now, it's getting a sleek object d'art for the smart home. Google Home is the search giant's take on the smart speaker space, a direct challenge ...and more »

Google opens retail space in Vancouver - Vancouver Sun

Google has entered the retail business, following the lead of fellow tech giants Apple and Samsung. In a North American first, Best Buy stores in four Canadian cities, including the Vancouver location at 2220 Cambie, are now home to large-scale ...and more »