The Clarity Speaker Combines Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

The Clarity Speaker Combines Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant

I'm a fan of Amazon Alexa and I own several Echo devices. But I know people who swear by Google Assistant. Perhaps it was inevitable that someone would integrate the two plaforms so customers don't have to decide which to buy.

The Clarity Speaker will do just that and is available through a presale crowdfunding campaign. It's not just about voice control, either. The speaker has a seven-inch touchscreen as well. That means, in addition to not having to choose between Alexa and Google, you also don't have to choose between voice and touch control.

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The Clarity also servers as a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi speaker. Users can listen to music, podcasts,audio books, internet radio stations, or streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora using an app on a connected smartphone or tablet. Surprisingly, it's not stationary. It weighs two pounds and has a six-hour playback battery life. ​

The device is reasonably priced at $199, and early buyers can lock in the $149 advance price. I hope to be able to review a unit soon. For further information, visit www.clarityspeaker.com

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.