Russia’s Yandex takes on Amazon and Google with its own smart speaker


Russian search giant Yandex has launched its own home assistant smart speaker as it looks to take on the likes of the Amazon Echo and Google Home. The company unveiled a $160 smart speaker called Yandex Station on Tuesday. It is designed to work alongside the Russian-speaking intelligent assistant called Alice, unveiled in October last year.

In a blog post Tuesday, the search engine claimed that “Station” is the first smart speaker specifically designed for the Russian market. It also said it is the first smart speaker to incorporate a full video streaming experience. “An HDMI output allows Yandex.Station users to ask Alice to search for and playback videos, movies and television shows from a wide variety of sources,” the post said.