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Amazon expands Echo lineup in bid to defend Alexa edge

Amazon's New Echo Device Amazon's New Echo Device
Terence Owen | 29 September, 2017, 03:09

Amazon says you'll be able to control compatible smart home devices such as smart locks and lights just by saying something like, "Alexa, find new devices".

The Echo Connect is a new Alexa accessory that allows users to turn their Echo into a hands-free speakerphone for their existing landline or VoIP home phone service, enabling users to call contacts and answer incoming calls through voice commands. The Echo Spot feels like a smaller version of the Echo Show, much like how the Echo Dot is for the full-size Echo.

Alexa, what's up with that strategy? Five of the products are Echo related and the last is a new Fire TV.

It also unveiled a miniaturized version of its Echo Show, a voice-activated assistant that sports a screen, called the Echo Spot.

The original Echo could control connected gadgets if you downloaded that product's "skill" (Amazon-ese for "app") and created an account with the manufacturer. And the new $100 flagship Echo, which comes with improved sound that may make it a popular choice for those who prioritize music streaming over other Alexa features.

Amazon may find enough people that see value in enough different use cases for all of these different devices to succeed. You can buy Echo Spot for $129.99, and it will start shipping in the USA in December.

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Amazon's Echo Spot is now up for pre-order for $130. At the moment, Amazon's newly launched Echo speaker range and a 4K-enabled Fire TV will go on sale sometime later this year.

It's almost the holiday season (despite the weather in the US), and Amazon will have a slate of new AI-powered products ready. United Kingdom users will still be able to purchase the Echo Dot or the Echo Show - unfortunately not the Echo Spot - for now.

Price: The new Echo is priced at $99.99 and will be available on October 31. The online shopping giant Amazon launched a slew of new devices under its "Echo" brand.

For the first time in almost three years, Amazon updated its smart Echo speaker. It also comes with a Philips Hue bulb. It is a competitor of Apple TV 4K, which connects to the TV via HDMI. The buttons will cost $20 for a pack of two, and will be released during the upcoming holiday season.

Other key features of the Fire TV are its ability to play videos at 60 frames per second besides also being HDR ready as well.

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