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Russia's Yandex Launches $160 Smart Speaker Powered by Digital Assistant 'Alice'

Yandex, which listed on New York's tech-focused Nasdaq exchange in 2011 and has a market value of $11 billion, launched Alice last autumn to operate on mobile and desktop search, as well as on its in-car navigation app.

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Updated:May 29, 2018, 2:16 PM IST
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Russia's Yandex Launches $160 Smart Speaker Powered by Digital Assistant 'Alice'
The logo of Russian internet group Yandex is pictured at the company's office in Kiev, Ukraine May 16, 2017. (Image: REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/Files)
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Moscow-based Internet firm Yandex launched a $160 smart speaker on Tuesday to work with its digital assistant 'Alice', becoming the latest challenger to take on the leading voice-activated home helpers from Silicon Valley. Yandex is targeting the Russian-speaking market with its Yandex.Station speaker, as well as a platform on which third-party developers can programme Alice to order pizza, check mobile phone bills or buy plane tickets.

Yandex, which listed on New York's tech-focused Nasdaq exchange in 2011 and has a market value of $11 billion, launched Alice last autumn to operate on mobile and desktop search, as well as on its in-car navigation app.

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It said in a statement it would bundle the new product with a free one-year subscription to Yandex.Plus - which includes music streaming, discounts on taxi rides and ad-free web TV - that would normally cost $2.75 a month.

Yandex joins European companies like Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica in launching me-too smart speaker products into a market dominated by Amazon's Alexa and Google Assistant.

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| Edited by: Sarthak Dogra
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