Sony's new speaker is an Apple HomePod rival with Google Assistant built

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Yesterday, Google announced at IFA in Berlin that its Assistant will soon expand to more third-party speakers. The squat, inoffensive speaker comes in black and grey finishes. In addition, you can likewise combine your telephone with this brilliant speaker utilizing Bluetooth. So the LF-S50G wireless speaker is, by definition, worth knowing about. Similarly, touching an NFC-enabled (technology which allows a device to share information wirelessly, such as making a contactless payment) iOS or Android smartphone to it will trigger the speaker to mirror the music playing on the phone. It also supports controls for smart home devices like Philips Hue lighting and Nest thermostats.

Get ready - the robots are taking over, well, the voice assistants certainly are - and we're seeing more and more products feature the unbelievable smarts of online voice assistants.

It looks like the wireless smart speaker wars are continuing to heat up with Sony introducing its own wireless smart speaker. The Sony LF-S50G also has an IPX3 rating for splash resistance for the users who want to use it in the kitchen or other places that are prone to water splash.

Starting with "OK Google", you can ask the speaker to play a certain artist, turn the volume up or down, ask how the weather is, or even ask it something like how to make Chinese dumplings. This rapid increase will result in 3.3 per cent of global households owning at least one device, with 25 per cent of them owning more than one.

Sony's latest Bravia TVs are getting Google Assistant support at the end of the year, but early integration of the feature was demoed for me. "The hybrid driver system with BA and 9mm dynamic driver units brings optimal sound quality to your ears and with a multitude of other sound features such as High-Resolution Audio, LDAC, DSEE HX and S-Master HX", the company said. The LF-S50G also has an always-on clock that's embedded in its fabric.

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. The company says its speaker will offer a full-range vocal and treble notes, something music aficionados will appreciate.

Google Assistant appeared to work well and although there was a slight delay on some occasions, this could be down to the speaker not being able to hear the command through the trade show noise so we won't judge this element yet either.

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It will be available from November for £200.