Sony’s latest speaker is a soccer ball-sized portable party machine with Google Assistant

Sony’s Extra Bass speakers are pretty easy to spot: they’re big speakers with lots of LED lights and flashing strobes, and they’re designed to make your next block party or backyard gathering extra lit. But at IFA 2018, Sony is announcing the XB501G. It puts all that fun into a smaller, roughly soccer ball-sized package that lets you bring the party with you wherever you go.

The XB501G isn’t just about partying, though. It also has Google Assistant built in, essentially making it a larger, better-sounding Google Home (with strobe lights). There’s also the option to sync up a pair for stereo audio, too.

That said, if you do want to party it up (like the overly happy folks in Sony’s PR images), the XB501G can do it. It’s…

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