Google beats Amazon and Apple in smart speaker race

Google beats Amazon and Apple in smart speaker race

But even if you just want to dabble with the increasingly personable Alexa instead of diving in you should check out these new products, coming throughout this year, to see if just one is interesting to you.

And to complement the device's smart home features, the company also unveiled a new smart plug, aptly named the Amazon Smart Plug.

The WiFi-enabled Amazon Smart Plug allows users to control ordinary appliances with their voice and a compatible Alexa-enabled device.

The latest Echo Show has been "completely redesigned" with dual side-firing 2in Neodymium drivers and a passive bass radiator promising improved sound quality. The product is available for order today and will begin shipping next month. The square-ish shape speaker at the back looks to be wrapped in the same cloth material found on other Google Home smart speakers.

Finally, Amazon also announced a revamped version of the Echo Plus, which combines the functionality of an Echo speaker with a smart hub. "When paired with your Echo device, you can feel the music as it fills the room".

Even Apple's own customers aren't impressed with the Homepod; according to CIRP's report, only 2% of Apple customers own a Homepod. At the moment, Amazon's commitment to a broad array of hardware, albeit one that is still limited here, as well as working with third parties makes them the leader of the pack - for now.

Smart speakers have started to catch on this year, and Amazon's Echo is undoubtedly leading the pack. The tiny Echo Input, which measures just 12.5mm tall so it "disappears into the room", is created to add Alexa voice control to an existing speaker via a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth.

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Finally, Amazon has added browsers to its touchscreen device, so you'll be able to surf the web outside of Alexa's skill offerings.

Additionally, the Made by Google smart display will also be able to show you live video feeds from connected security cameras through a voice command. Amazon announced offline home control as well as a Whisper Mode for Alexa devices.

The Echo Wall Clock features a LED ring that can display multiple timers and show visual animations for alarms.

Lastly, there's the Echo Wall Clock.

Amazon also launched new features for the company's personal assistant, Alexa. Background road noise, the sound of the radio, and other people talking can get in the way of Alexa understanding, hence the need to squeeze eight microphones inside.

"The Echo Auto is a relatively small - it measures 3.3" x 1.9" x 0.5" (85 mm x 47 mm x 13.28 mm) - and weighs just 1.6 oz (45 grams).