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Yandex unveils Echo-rival Station, with Alice AI voice assistant

Russian web giant Yandex has moved to do more of what Amazon does, having spent the past decade in the same search and services realm as Google. It has launched Yandex.Plus, a Prime-like service that bundles music, video, cloud storage, access to its Yandex.Taxi ride-sharing service, and a beta version of the upcoming Yandex.Market ecommerce platform. Oh, and its launched the Station smart speaker, which houses its Alice voice assistant and its associated Yandex.Dialogues platform. The $160 device is significantly more expensive than Amazon’s vanilla Echo, but its focus on audio makes it more comparable with Apple’s HomePod or Sonos’ line of speakers. Importantly, Yandex has beaten its rivals to market in Russia, as none of them have officially launched…

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