Smart speakers – everything you need to know

2017 will be seen as the year of the smart speaker. But what is a smart speaker? And what does it do? We give you the lowdown on the latest trend in the audio world.

When Amazon unveiled its Echo speaker with Alexa voice-control last year, we took one step closer to realising our sci-fi dreams of controlling the tech in our lives by simple voice commands.

Fast-forward to 2017 and smart speakers are on the rise. Google released a smart speaker with its own voice assistant built in, a dozen new models were unveiled at IFA 2017, Amazon brought out mark two versions of its Echos, Sonos has its own One, and Apple’s Siri-controlled HomePod will be out just in time for Christmas – it looks like the latest technology trend is fully underway.

But what exactly is a smart speaker? What can you do with it, and should you buy one? Read on to find out…

*** Note : £1 = $1.32 (correct at time of post)

What is a smart speaker?

Technically, anything that a speaker does beyond just emitting sound can be labelled as ‘smart’.

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