Amazon's slew of new Echo, Alexa devices obscures new developer tools, features

Doris Richards
September 22, 2018

And to complement the device's smart home features, the company also unveiled a new smart plug, aptly named the Amazon Smart Plug. Through products like the new AmazonBasics microwave, the company hopes to get big manufacturers to use its Alexa-enabled chips affordable household appliances.

"The Echo Sub includes a down-firing, 100W deep bass sound through a 6" woofer which can be paired with either a single Echo or Echo Plus to enjoy tuned and equalised music that fills the room or if paired with two Echo (2nd Gen) or Echo Plus (2nd Gen) devices gives you a rich stereo sound. On the upside, Amazon says it's bringing a web browser to the device.

In response, Alexa will deliver the answer accompanies with the the most up to date imagery captured by Getty Images' own content creators. The device won't go on sale until it obtains FCC approval in the USA, according to the Amazon listing page.

Amazon says that the Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Sub are available for pre-order starting today and will start shipping next month. Also, Echo Plus is the same old Echo Plus devices launched in past years, but with a fabric covering.

The Echo Input allows users to make their existing speakers smart, by allowing them to be controlled by Alexa voice commands once connected.

"They're going to be a lot less transactional, and a lot more conversational", said David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services who introduced the new gadgets at company headquarters in Seattle.

The new Echo Show is a big version of the previously launched Echo Dot It comes with a 10-inch screen along with a camera and a speaker grille. It announced the Echo Auto for shoppers to talk to in their cars.

This device promises to pack Alexa into the vehicle or truck at a price most folks can afford and, when it arrives, you'll be able to access all of Alexa's some 50,000 skills wherever you go - make calls with Alexa and use your favorite streaming music services via voice commands wherever the road takes you. The Echo Show will also be coming to India next year, but pricing for the Input and the Show have not been announced yet. Echo Link and Echo Link Amp can promise better sound, and are meant to replace existing receivers and amplifiers. 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.

Amazon has two Stick Up Cams for the Ring brand, a wired and wireless model.

Pre-order the microwave now; it's set to launch on November 14. "Now with Fire TV Recast, we've made it simpler to find, watch, and record live over-the-air TV at home and on your mobile devices".

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