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Russian search giant Yandex made its own smart speaker

Russian search giant Yandex has launched a smart speaker to compete with the likes of Amazon, Apple, and Google. The speaker, called the Yandex Station, is the company’s first attempt at hardware, and it’s equipped with a Russian-speaking voice assistant called Alice that was developed in-house. The smart assistant first appeared in Yandex’s mobile app last October, and the company has plans to bring it to its taxi business, which merged with Uber last year in Russia.

The Station has Bluetooth capabilities and an HDMI port for streaming television on connected displays, and it’s got relatively powerful audio specs, including two 10W drivers and a 30W woofer. Currently, the speaker can stream video from its own platform KinoPoisk and other Russian video streaming services like Amediateka.

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Source: TheVerge