Meet Amazon's Completely Refreshed Lineup of New Echo Devices
30 September, 2017, 04:31 | Author: Alicia Barber
The TechCrunch report comes after Amazon, earlier in the week, said that its Echo Show devices were no longer able to play videos from YouTube because Google stopped supporting the service. Using Spot you can use all the features of Alexa (like ordering a pizza or requesting an Uber, controlling your thermostat or lights, or asking questions) and ask her to show you news flashes, the lyrics to Amazon Music songs, your calendar, the weather, etc.
Amazon debuts a second-gen Echo for $99 which goes on sale today. Google reportedly had been working on products with larger screens that would compete with full-sized televisions, but has since made a decision to hone in on this Manhattan device.
Now one of the advantages that Alexa has over the Google Assistant, is the fact that there is a whole section on Amazon's website for products that work with Alexa.
The new additions include a bigger Echo Plusspeaker device, Echo Connect, Echo Spot and new Echobuttons to control all your Echo devices. You can watch over 500,000 TV episodes and movies from Netflix, Hulu, HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Amazon Video, and more. Both it and the cheaper, new Echo will be available for pre-order starting on Wednesday and start shipping next month.
The launch of the peculiar Amazon Echo Show on 9 May caused alarm bells to ring at Google. For one thing volume is now controlled with an additional two buttons on the top (much like the existing Echo Dot outlined below), and the matt plastic exterior has been ditched in favor of fabric, wood, and metallic finishes. The device will also serve as a command center for Nest and other smart home products.
This new wave of Echo products is sure to entice a lot more people into the Alexa ecosystem and build upon Amazon's sizable lead in the space.
The all-new Echo Plus is more expensive at $149.99 (Rs.9,800 approx.) as it integrates a built-in smart home hub, allowing users to connect it to compatible smart home devices easily.
Google's version, reportedly codenamed "Manhattan", will be around the same size as the Echo Show.
The Echo Spot boasts a new microphone array with a new far-field technology that promises better noise cancellation so you can shout at it even in a loud room. Instead, you're more likely to use the small screen to read messages, show virtual clock-faces, or conduct video calls.
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