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Huge Amazon and Google price cuts make building a smart home cheaper than ever

Both companies have rolled out huge discounts for their smart speakers and displayers

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In a bid to drive sales during coronavirus lockdown - or perhaps because new models are right around the corner - both Amazon and Google have rolled out some serious price cuts for their smart speakers and displays.

Google has the Home smart speaker priced at just $29 for a limited time. That's a $70 saving on the normal $99 price, and means the larger, louder Home is cheaper than the smaller and less powerful Nest Mini. Students can save a further $10 using their StudentBeans discount code at checkout.

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The Google Home has exactly the same access to the Google Assistant as all other Google and Nest smart speakers and displays. This means you can ask the product to read out the news and weather, add items to your grocery and to-do lists, check your calendar, play music, and control a huge range of smart home devices.

Google's own online store has the Home priced at $29, while BestBuy has a similarly aggressive discount, pricing the Home at $30.

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Meanwhile, Amazon is also pushing for sales of its own smart home products. The Echo Show smart display with Alexa is currently priced at $49.99 for the five inch model, down from $89.99. The larger Echo Show 8, which offers the same Alexa integration and feature set, but with a bigger screen, is currently $79.99, down from $129.99.

That's a saving of $40 and $50 respectively, and means you can bring Alexa with a touchscreen into your home at a lower price than ever before. Both models are available in black or charcoal, and can be bought alongside Amazon's $10 smart plug.

Whether you choose Google Assistant or Alexa, both of these products offer an excellent way to start building your smart home, or for adding a second speaker/display to your home.

Check out The GearBrain, our smart home compatibility checker to see the other compatible products that work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa enabled devices.

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