Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Amazon aims for music lovers with new lineup of Echo devices

Google Mini captures top spot in connected speaker market: survey Amazon's new Alexa goodies are launching today and two have already leaked
Lori Graves | 23 September, 2018, 09:55

You can listen to your morning briefing on your way to work, your favorite music and podcasts via services that already work with Alexa. The Plug doesn't come with a microphone, so you'll have to rely on the Echo device lying around for setup and control.

Integrations with Fire TV Recast, Hulu, and NBC will make live TV viewing and on-demand streaming available on any Echo Show. Echo Link and Echo Link Amp can promise better sound, and are meant to replace existing receivers and amplifiers.

Amazon on Thursday held an event where it announced several new Alexa-powered devices for the Smart Home.

One such bundle packages together the new third-generation Echo Dot with Amazon's Smart Plug for £64.98. The Echo Sub is priced at $129.99. The speaker will most likely go on sale next month.

This mini Echo has been completely redesigned with it now offering a new friendly look plus bigger sound.

Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services, says the company had to rethink its microphone array technology for the auto. It also features a new fabric design. The Echo Dot is available in three colours - Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone.

With the new products, Amazon is basically aiming to improve the audio experience for the consumers. The Echo Wall Clock, on the other hand, will cost US$29.99 (~RM124), and will ship later this year, with no specific date given.

This is the first wireless Echo subwoofer for those who want some extra bass while listening to some music. The product is available for order today and will begin shipping next month.

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Amazon hosted a surprise event today in Seattle where it took the wraps of a whole raft of Echo products. But the Amazon Smart Plug is naturally very compatible with Alexa, giving it that extra bump in easy convenience smart home tech thrives on. $25.

Echo Input. Amazon's answer to the Google Chromecast Audio is a small disc-shaped device that you can attach to any powered speakers. But Amazon's microwave, of course, integrates with Alexa over Bluetooth, allowing you to tell a nearby Echo smart speaker to set a timer for tasks such as heating up a potato or reordering items such as popcorn. The new Echo Auto is created to sit on a car's dashboard and give directions or play music, while plugged into a car's power outlet. According to the product description, it will allow users to control any electrical socket with their voice.

The new one comes with a 10-inch HD display, 8-mic array, a front camera and Alexa connection.

Furthermore, Amazon is adding web browsers (including its own Silk browser and Firefox) to the Echo Show. The company is hoping the $230 video speaker becomes a hub for voice shopping and video calls.

The second-gen Echo Show will retail for US$229.99.

Amazon's also got the Echo Link Amp, a step-up version of the Echo Link. Amazon does have plans to bring the Echo Show to India, but it will only happen early next year. The Echo Input will launch soon. The Echo Sub will set you back by Rs 12,999. The company plans to sell them in bundles with select speaker makers, including Bose.

Industry analysts are predicting continued growth for smart home devices as competition increases, but many potential customers still cite security as a concern around such gadgets.

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