Amazon Doubles Down on Alexa With New Devices

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Starting mid-2018, you will begin to see Amazon's digital and voice assistant, Alexa, in BMW and MINI vehicles. Still, I got to swipe through a few different apps running on the Echo Spot, including checking a calendar, reading Yelp reviews, and displaying lyrics. The latest Echoes are solid upgrades over their older counterparts, with better sound and better smart home integration - so if you were on the fence about buying an Echo, now's the time to shop. Both the speakers come with a second generation far-field technology for even better performance. The new model has an improved speaker system comprising of a tweeter and a 2.5-inch down firing woofer with Dolby processing for improved audio quality.

The smart alarm clock also supports streaming services such as Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, and TuneIn radio. The new soap-on-a-rope format device, with voice remote, becomes Amazon's most affordable 4K streamer yet at $69.99 (£69.99) released on 25 Oct in the USA and over this side of the pond. In terms of the price, the Mpow Battery Base for Amazon Echo is available to buy from Amazon priced at $49.99. It has the same size as the existing Echo, but it includes a Smart Hub which allows users to set up and control devices like smart lights, switches, etc. It has been mentioned that each device comes with a Philips Hue smart light bulb. Shipments are expected to launch on October 31.

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It also features a front-facing camera for voice and video calls and a built-in speaker, as well as Bluetooth and audio-out for connecting to external speakers.

Amazon updated their flagship smart speaker, the Echo. Amazon now has a mighty line-up of smart home gadgets powered by voice controls, which now includes (deep breath): the new Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot, Echo Spot, Echo Show, Echo Connect, Echo Buttons and Amazon Fire Fire TV 4K. The lower-priced device could attract people previously unable to afford fully-featured Alexa products.

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The Echo Spot will only be available in the United States on 19 December for $129.99.

The circular version of the Echo Show, Echo Spot was also unveiled. It's flawless for a nightstand or a desk, as it can function as an alarm clock, a hub to turn the lights on and off, watch a video flash briefing, get weather information, or just show your schedule for the day.

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Amazon's Echo Plus retains the cylindrical metallic perforated smart-hub design you will know, and perhaps admire. However, the price difference apart, there are several factors that makes the two set-top box offerings unique in their own rights.

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