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Amazon Announces a Gaggle of New, Next-Gen Echo Devices

24 September 2018

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In fact, Amazon is boasting that its new speaker is 70 percent louder than its predecessor.

Unfortunately you can't get one yet. The new Echo Dot costs the same US$49.99. Preorders start today, and it ships in October.

Starting with the microwave, it's announced under the AmazonBasics line of low-priced products, as reported by TechCrunch.

A key feature that Google would be wise to copy is local voice control; this will let you still control your smart home devices via Alexa even if your Internet connection goes down. It has an eight-microphone array created to handle background noise. Pretty much everything you can do with Alexa elsewhere.

Echo Input will be coming later this year and will be available in Black and White for £34.99.

That's probably down to the fact you get goodish sound and a tidy looking little gadget for a fraction of the price of larger speakers.

The Echo Auto looks like a miniature cassette tape but that's just on the outside.

Alexa uses artificial intelligence to identify patterns in the lives of users, factoring in habits, weather, time of year and more. It's also notable because this, the Amazon Microwave and the Amazon Auto include a new Amazon developer board and kit that is game-changing for the smart home. The smart speaker is already up for pre-orders on the Amazon India website.

The Echo Sub is a sub-woofer that can pair with any Echo speaker.

Technology around the smart home market is at a "tipping point" as thousands of new appliances become available, Mr Limp added.

Amazon Smart Plug: One of the most compelling onstage demos was built around this plug, although the plug is nothing special. It now boasts a fabric-covered body akin to the Google Home Mini. You can ask Alexa to check the news, play your favourite music, ask for sports scores, find out what is on TV that evening, or even find out restaurant hours or information, among plenty of other requests. Echo Plus has a seven-microphone beamforming array, which cancels background noise so it can hear you better.

Furthermore, Amazon is adding web browsers (including its own Silk browser and Firefox) to the Echo Show.

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

The AmazonBasics Microwave is available for preorder.

Amazon is also improvising the home security with the induction of "integrates Echo devices, smart lights, and security service providers to help customers protect their homes while they're away" on Alexa Guard. It can display multiple timers, alarms and reminders using the 60 LED circling the face.

These are Echo devices announced on the surprise hardware event.

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Amazon Announces a Gaggle of New, Next-Gen Echo Devices