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Amazon's $ 50 (£ 40) Echo Dot brings the company's smart speaker in a small package

Gadget makers flock to make smart speakers.

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Samsung has already revealed plans for a Bixby speaker to use Apple & # 39; s HomePod, Amazon & # 39; s Echo and Google & # 39; s Home.

The Apple speaker has a higher price tag than the Amazon Echo range, which starts at $ 49 (£ 49) for the Echo Dot.

The speaker will provide a hub for devices through Apple's HomeKit system and set up a home center to lock people into using other Apple services, according to the report.

A speaker can help customers stay loyal to other services such as Apple Music, Apple Watch, Apple TV and AirPods.

Google & # 39; s $ 130 (£ 105) Home speaker is activated by the expression & # 39; Hey Google & # 39 ;, while Amazon & # 39; s Echo & # 39; Alexa & # 39; used.

Amazon's $ 50 (£ 40) Echo Dot brings the company's smart speaker in a small package

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Amazon's $ 50 (£ 40) Echo Dot brings the company's smart speaker in a small package

The smart speaker from Amazon is available in two versions – the full-size $ 180 (£ 145) Echo shown here and a smaller, $ 50 (£ 40) version called the Echo Dot.

Amazon Echo uses Microsoft's Bing search engine to provide additional information, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search.

Both Home and Echo constantly listen to commands, although Google and Amazon say nothing is passed on to them until the speakers hear a keyword – & # 39; OK, Google & # 39; for Home and & # 39; Alexa & # 39; for Echo.

Google Home Mini: Google's smart tech-filled $ 49 (£ 34) donut can do almost anything that its larger voice-assisted Google Assistant-powered brother or sister can do, including answering questions and operating third-party devices.

Google Home Mini: Google's smart tech-filled $ 49 (£ 34) donut can do almost anything that its larger voice-assisted Google Assistant-powered brother or sister can do, including answering questions and operating third-party devices.

Google Home Mini: Google's smart tech-filled $ 49 (£ 34) donut can do almost anything that its larger voice-driven Google Assistant powerbibling can do, including answering questions and controlling third-party devices.

Google's Assistant software can also answer follow-up questions on the same topic in a near-talk style, but Echo cannot yet.

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Amazon & # 39; s Alexa software, however, has a wider range of skills that make it possible to connect to and operate more third-party devices at home.

A light comes on to remind you that it is listening.

You can also switch the microphone off temporarily.

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