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Google is gaining major ground on Amazon in the smart speaker market

Out of the 11.7 million smart speakers shipped worldwide in Q2 of this year, 41% were distributed by Amazon and 27.6% by Google. That's a much closer race than this time last year.

Samsung just unveiled its first smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, to take on Amazon, Google, and Apple

Samsung announced its own smart speaker, the Galaxy Home, on Thursday. Whether Bixby will be good enough to be your smart speaker of choice is another question altogether.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

It looks like Google is preparing to open its first-ever standalone retail store

The Chicago Tribune reports that Google is expected to soon finalize a lease for nearly 14,000 square feet on two floors in Chicago's meatpacking district. With an extensive and growing list of products, the move makes sense.

Google Assistant and Google Home won’t work properly if you completely disable Google’s location tracking

After the Associated Press revealed that Google will sometimes track your location even when 'location history' is turned off, some users decided to completely turn off the settings that enable location tracking. However, this makes Google Assistant unusable, as well as Google Home devices.

Google is adding a new feature to Google Home that fixes my biggest problem with the device

Google added a new feature to Google Home devices called Continued Conversation. The feature allows you to ask your Google Home follow-up questions without having to use the wake word every time.

Apple is overhauling Siri — and the voice assistant may finally catch up with Amazon’s Alexa

Apple's Siri took an early lead the voice-computing market, but lost much of its momentum to Amazon's Alexa. With some major updates planned for Siri this fall, Apple could get itself back in the race.

‘Alexa, turn on my Xbox’: Amazon Echo and Google Assistant support is reportedly coming to the Xbox One

According to a new report, Xbox One owners will be able to control their console using Amazon's Alexa devices and Google's Assistant devices through an upcoming software update.

‘The Google of Russia’ just announced its own smart speaker — here’s what it can do

The Yandex Station costs 10,000 Rubles, or $160, and is only sold in Russia.

It sounds like Google has finally caught up to Amazon in the smart-speaker wars for the first time

Google's Home outsold Amazon's Echo for the first time during the first quarter of the year, according to a new report from the analytics firm Canalys. Amazon previously had the best-selling smart speaker in the world.