Amazon Debuts 2nd Generation Echo Range of Devices; Alexa in BMW

Google Making Amazon Echo Show Rival a Smart Touchscreen Speaker Report

There is also a smaller version available for the Echo Plus which is nearly half the size of the original and you can get one for yourself now for about $99. But it's still day one, and today we're making Echo and Alexa even better. Let's see what's new inside these new generation Echo. The new Echo Spot also comes with a support for Amazon Alexa so you can command to it and it will does the same thing. Moving onto copying the Echo Show. In case you didn't already know, the Echo Show is a tabletop smart device that incorporates Amazon's intelligent personal assistant, Alexa, allows for video calling, and plays music through some pretty good Dolby speakers. The original Amazon Echo was released in 2014 and essentially created an entirely new product category of speaker that you controlled primarily with your voice rather than through a conventional app.

Amazon announced a slew of new products on Wednesday, including new Echo devices that house Amazon's smart voice-activated assistant Alexa, as well as some nifty new features.

The new additions include a bigger Echo Plus speaker device, Echo Connect, Echo Spot and new Echo buttons to control all your Echo devices.

The Echo Spot connects to your home network via WiFi just like the other Echo devices. And the user's phone number will be displayed as caller ID.

Texas Instruments (TI) and Intel are the two other chipset suppliers for Amazon, said the report.

Amazon also unveiled tiny "Echo Button" devices that can be configured to work and control an Amazon Echo.

The company also released the 3rd Generation of their streaming device known as the Fire TV. Smart home camera support on Fire TV now works on a range of devices from companies including Arlo, Ring, Nest, and August. But Amazon is clearly prepped up to spruce into the smart home hub market ahead of Google and Apple, both of whom who yet holds an upper hand with their disposal of smartphones. Though it might get released in 2018 as Google is now looking to partner with smart hub manufacturers like Best Buy Geek Squad and Enjoy for home installation.

Now it appears the company might be adding a touchscreen to the equation in order to compete with the Amazon Echo Show.

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