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Yandex emulates Amazon Echo in Russia, as smart speaker market goes global

Russian web giant Yandex has been called the Russian Google, thanks to its core business in search engines and related advertising. It has often tried to emulate Google, for instance with its own implementation of Android which it hoped would spark a Russian ecosystem of mobile devices carrying its user interface and directing users to its services. But with its latest move, it is following Amazon more closely. It has launched an Echo-like smart speaker, and Yandex.Plus, a Prime-like service that bundles music, video and cloud storage across mobile and other devices, as well as access to its Yandex.Taxi ride-sharing service, and a beta version of its upcoming Yandex.Market ecommerce platform. The Station smart speaker houses its Alice voice assistant…

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