Everyone is rushing to bring out a rival to Apple's HomePod

Hands On: Sony LF-S50G pairs Google Assistant with added smarts and superior sound

This seems like the strangest use for Google Assistant, or at least I never thought of the Assistant being used to control massive party speakers, but I suppose DJs can benefit from voice controls, too.

In a move being replicated throughout the technology sector, Sony joins the list of manufacturers offering a "smart speaker" device.

The reason for music being the battleground in the smart-speaker market was outlined by Scott Huffman, VP engineering at Google and responsible for Google Assistant, talking exclusively to WIRED Germany.

Sony claims that its table top smart speaker is powerful enough to fill up an average size room or even your kitchen.

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We were given a heads up that more products will arrive with built-in Google Assistant. Thanks to the Google Assistant integration, the Sony LF-S50G can also answer to your search queries along with reminders for events.

Both tech titans made their announcements in Berlin to coincide with the September 1 start of IFA 2017, Europe's largest trade show for consumer electronics. IFA is the largest trade show for consumer electronics in Europe. And with the slew of new Google Assistant speakers that were unveiled this week, the Sony LF-S50G has a lot of competition to outdo. It'll cost $1,299 when it's released in October. But the circa £300 price tag is supposedly justified due to its high-end speaker status, something that can only be put to the test once it arrives. In plain words: you can adjust the volume by drawing a ring in midair above the speaker, or skip tracks by sliding your hand over the device. Panasonic has a smart speaker, the GA10 (below), a smart-looking aluminium Bluetooth speaker with a fabric mesh overlay. The device comes with a subwoofer and a unidirectional two-stage diffuser. The following month, the Sony smart speaker will be available in Germany, France and the United Kingdom priced at €230 or £200.

A huge amount of language data must be "taught" to the artificial intelligence in order for a smart speaker to recognize language with high precision and support natural, conversational speech. The brilliant speaker may enable users to send messages from the speaker with the assistance of a voice-managed instant messages highlight.

One more announcement that caught my eye was the UA Sport Wireless Train headphones. On the Echo, Amazon introduced Alexa who has become a breakout star in 2017. Not long after, other tech giants like Apple and Google jumped into the market with their own technologies.

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