Amazon Echo smart speaker feels squeeze as Google and Apple make gains

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Amazon Echo smart speaker feels squeeze as Google and Apple make gains

Amazon has dominated the smart-speaker market since the launch of the Echo in 2014, but with Google, Apple, and other players beginning to make gains, its grip is beginning to slip.

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