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5 smart speakers that ruled Indian homes in 2020. IANS

The smart speaker shipments saw a healthy 87 percent growth in Q3 compared to the previous quarter in India. The primary reason was the Covid-19 pandemic as people stayed indoors looking for new options to entertain themselves.

Smart speakers have emerged are important for this modern era to make lifestyle easier. This latest technology of voice assistant is extremely helpful, thanks to its multifunctional features.


Led by Amazon Echo devices, the shipments of smart home speakers are expected to cross 7.5 lakh units in India by the end of the year, which is an all-time high, according to techARC.

The market is primarily led by Amazon Echo Smart Speakers which had a massive 95.9 percent cumulative market share for the January-September period.

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Xiaomi made an impressive debut in the September quarter, with a 7.1 percent market share by unit shipments. Google has a cumulative India market share of 1.2 percent for the year (till September).

If you are looking for the best smart speakers, here are the 5 best ones for you to try for.

1. Amazon Echo Show 5:

The Amazon Echo Show 5 is the trickled down version of the Amazon Echo Show that we reviewed earlier this year and it is available at a price of Rs 8,999 in the country.

It comes with a 5.5-inch HD display with a 1MP camera that manages 720p HD video recording and measures 5.8×3.4×2.9-inches in dimensions and weighs 410 grams.

On the top, it has a set of controls – two for controlling volume, one for turning the mics and camera on or off, and one to place a shutter on the camera.

In terms of the audio capabilities, the Echo Show 5 features a full range 1.65-inch built-in speaker and a 3.5mm stereo audio output which can be connected with external speakers using an audio cable.

It comes with built-in Alexa, wherein users can watch shows from Amazon Prime Videos and listen to their favorite songs.

2. Apple HomePod Mini:

The HomePod Mini is priced at Rs 9,900 in India and comes in two colors – white and space grey. It is powered by the Apple S5 chip.

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It uses a full-range driver, and a pair of force-canceling passive radiators, that enable deep bass and high frequencies. The smart speaker features a three-microphone array.

HomePod mini works effortlessly with Apple devices, making it easy to pick up an incoming call, listen to music on the Mac, or upgrade the TV experience by taking the sound from Apple TV to the next level.

It also comes with a new Intercom feature that lets members in a house connect with each other at home.


The HomePod Mini is priced at Rs 9,900 in India and comes in two colors.

3. Google Nest Audio:

The Nest Audio is Google’s latest smart speaker which is essentially a successor of Google Home (launched in 2016) and it is currently available for Rs 7,999.

The Nest Audio smart speaker uses a 19mm tweeter for consistent high-frequency coverage and clear vocals, and a 75mm mid-woofer that really brings the bass.

It is powered by a Cortex-A53 quad-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz. It features Bluetooth 5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity.

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It comes with Ambient EQ and Media EQ sound modes. The former can automatically adjust the volume according to background noise while the latter adjusts the audio settings depending on the type of content that is being consumed.

The Google Nest Audio features a fabric-clad body that is also found on the Nest Mini. It sports a cylindrical-shaped design unlike the slant touch surface design of the Google Home.

4. Mi Smart Speaker:

Mi Smart Speaker was launched in India today at Xiaomi’s Smart Living 2020 online event, alongside Mi Band 5 and Mi Watch Revolve for Rs 3,999.

The Google Assistant-powered Mi Smart Speaker features a 12W 63.5-inch front-firing audio driver tuned with DTS sound. The speaker has a touch panel atop with controls to adjust the volume level, play/ pause music tracks, and mute the in-built microphones.

It features a matte finish on top of its 0.7mm-thin metal mesh that delivers a premium look and feels. The mesh design helps in delivering a room-filling sound experience.

Xiaomi has offered a Hi-Fi audio processor made by Texas Instrument on the Mi Smart Speaker to help accurately decode audio signals.

5. Sony SRS XB402M:

Sony SRS XB402M is another best smart speaker in India available for Rs 19,061. This speaker has built-in Alexa support and provides extra bass to your music.

The speakers are IP67 certified which makes them waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and rustproof. Customers can also use the multi-colored line lights and flashing strobe lights on the speaker when hosting a party.

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To set up the speaker, customers can use the Sony Music Center app which is available on both Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store

The SRS-XB402M features traditional Bluetooth connectivity to be used with smartphones, tablets, and computers but also has Wi-Fi connectivity for additional functionality. (IANS)


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Upcoming medical colleges in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages

The new medical colleges being opened in Uttar Pradesh will be named after saints and sages.

The state government has issued an order naming four district hospitals that are being converted into medical colleges.

These district hospitals are in Bijnor, Fatehpur, Chandauli, and Siddharth Nagar.

The Bijnor medical college has been named after Mahatma Vidur, a philosopher during the Mahabharata era and uncle of the Pandavas and Kauravas.

The Chandauli medical college has been named after Baba Keenaram, said to be the founder of the Aghori sect.

The Siddharth Nagar district hospital will be called Madhav Prasad Tripathi Medical College after the BJP politician from the region. Tripathi, popularly known as Madhav Babu, was also the first Uttar Pradesh BJP chief. He was elected MP from Domariyaganj in 1977, besides being two times Jan Sangh MLA and also a member of the UP legislative council.

The Fatehpur hospital has been named Amar Shaheed Jodha Singh Ataiya Thakur Dariyawn Singh Medical College, after the freedom fighter of 1857.

It is said that he was among the first to use Guerrilla warfare against the British, as taught by freedom fighter Tatya Tope.

Meanwhile, according to official sources, the medical college in Deoria will be named after Maharishi Devraha Baba and the medical college of Ghazipur in the name of Maharishi Vishwamitra.

The medical college of Mirzapur will be in the name of Maa Vindhyavasini, the medical college of Pratapgarh in the name of Dr. Sonelal Patel and the medical college of Etah will be named after Veerangana Avantibai Lodhi. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Medical Colleges, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath, India, Politics


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Former Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq has picked India as the favourite to win the ongoing ICC Men's T20 World Cup in Oman and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Inzamam feels that the Virat Kohli-led India have a greater chance of winning the trophy as the conditions in the Gulf nations are similar to the subcontinent, which makes India the most dangerous side in the event, according to Inzamam.

"In any tournament, it cannot be said for certain that a particular team will win' It's all about how much chance do they have of winning it. In my opinion, India have a greater chance than any other team of winning this tournament, especially in conditions like these. They have experienced T20 players as well," said Inzamam on his YouTube channel.

He said more than the Indian batters, the bowlers have a lot of experience of playing in the conditions. The Indian Premier League (IPL) was played recently in UAE and most of the Indian bowlers did well in that leg.

Inzy heaped praises on the Men in Blue for the confident manner in which they chased the target against Australia on a challenging track without needing Kohli's batting prowess.

"India played their warm-up fixture against Australia rather comfortably. On subcontinent pitches like these, India are the most dangerous T20 side in the world. Even today, if we see the 155 runs they chased down, they did not even need Virat Kohli to do so," he added.

Though he did not pick any favourite, Inzamam termed the India-Pakistan clash in the Super 12 on October 24 as the 'final before the final' and said the team winning it will go into the remaining matches high on morale,

"The match between India and Pakistan in the Super 12s is the final before the final. No match will be hyped as much as this one. Even in the 2017 Champions Trophy, India and Pakistan started and finished the tournament by facing each other, and both the matches felt like finals. The team winning that match will have their morale boosted and will also have 50 percent of pressure released from them," Inzamam added. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: India, Pakistan, Sports, ICC T20 World Cup, UAE.


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