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Amazon Echo speakers in UK, Germany and Austria gets Voice Call update

Amazon Echo speakers in UK, Germany and Austria gets Voice Call update”

The battle between virtual assistants is set to escalate with Amazon launching its Alexa voice assistant in India. That integration is available today as a public beta over a software update. And unlike the wide blue light band on the Echo, the Sonos One's listening light is a bit more subtle, a small line on its top. "We absolutely envision a world where different people are using different voice services on Sonos One", says the company, "and we're committed to taking this agnostic approach".

Sonos has unveiled a smart speaker that works with both Google and Amazon's AI assistants. So you can start a song within the Spotify app, change the song using the Sonos app and then ask Alexa what the new song is.

By the end of this year, users will be able to control Sonos speakers directly from more third-party music apps, including Pandora and Tidal.

The Sonos One will launch on October 24 worldwide. You will, however, need an Alexa-enabled device like an Echo or Echo Dot to take advantage of this feature. The Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot voice-activated devices are powered by Alexa, allowing users to perform tasks like finding out the weather, playing music, checking the calendar, setting reminders, and more simply by voice. Amazon said that the service will be available for Echo customers for free, initially. Their new smart speaker, the Sonos One, will launch with Amazon Alexa (in countries where it's available) but will eventually support multiple voice services including Google Assistant which is arriving in 2018 (unfortunately there's no eta beyond "sometime in 2018')". But don't let its familiar looks fool you, the Sonos One might look similar to their Play One speaker on the outside - but on the inside, it has been completely re-engineered. Amazon also beat its rivals Google and Apple as the first to launch a smart speaker. All three are smart speakers with Amazon's Alexa, a smart virtual assistant, powering them.

Voice capture technology with echo cancelation allows the speaker to still hear you over the music. "You can imagine more sophisticated things like, Alexa, 'play The Beatles here, ' if you think of the tech that has to go into figuring out what here means". "The voice services that we've been working with, we've been building relationships for years now".

Users will be able to pair two Sonos One smart speakers to create stereo sound.



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