The voice assistant, which started as the centerpiece to Amazon's Echo smart speaker line, now even has its own microwave, wall clock and device for the vehicle. For example, you'll be able to plug in a coffee machine or a lamp and use your voice to turn them on. The main screen display depict as a tablet computer shows you a relevant information such as weather, traffic, upcoming commute date and time, with a space to see more cards. The Alexa app is even adding Skype support.
For you home theater people, Amazon announced Echo Link Amp and Echo Link. But it's also a speaker, and given its popularity, Echo should be at least a competent way of listening to music out loud. It will also be able to show live views of connected security cameras via a voice command. When you enable Guard, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts about the sound of glass-breaking, smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide alarms detected in your home. In terms of total volume, the numbers look less impressive at 11.7 million units shipped during Q2 2018, but the variety has exponentially grown globally in the last 12 months with more and more companies trying capitalise on the market growth.
A number of different automakers have embraced Amazon's Alexa, but that doesn't help millions of drivers who own older vehicles.
Amazon today refreshed its lineup of Echo devices in a big way, announcing next-generation Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show smart speakers, plus some brand-new products like the Echo Sub, Echo Input, Echo Link-even an Echo Clock for your wall and Echo Auto for your vehicle.
Amazon's hugely popular Echo Dot has got a refresh the update announced at the company's big September keynote in Seattle.
Smart speakers have started to catch on this year, and Amazon's Echo is undoubtedly leading the pack. At first that sounds as unusual as an iPod without a screen or an iPhone without a headphone jack.
Echo Link Amp and Echo Link will be available later this year at $299 and $199. Plug all sorts of digital and analog inputs from your existing audio ecosystem to integrate them with Alexa's music control tools.
Just like the previous-generation devices, the new Echo Dot and Echo Plus will be priced at $49.99 and $129.99 respectively.
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