Despite the stormy weather in the United States of America, Amazon is set to have whole new AI-powered products ready.

The company intends to secure its ascendancy in the smart home ecosystem which many envision as impactful as the shift to cell phones. If you talk to your home, Alexa intends to be the one hearing you and talking back.

Find out what the company has announced:

 

The New Amazon Echo

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The New Amazon Echo

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The new Amazon Echo is being talked about for its renewed focus on sound quality which is a direct competition to Apple’s HomePod. It is going to be tailored to six different coloured cases. Since 2014, this is the first time Amazon has redone its flagship Echo device which now costs only $99.

 

The Echo-Connect

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The Echo-Connect

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Apart from this, Amazon is coming up with a new device called Echo Connect, which if you plugged it into your landline; you can use it to make calls. The new speakerphone also comes with some alterations.

 

Echo Buttons

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Echo Buttons

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These tiny buttons exuded in the Echo was initially limited to making voice interactions. Amazon makes Dash buttons which helps in ordering products from its website with just a single click, but the new Echo is not just limited to one action. The Echo buttons would cost $20 for 2.

 

The Echo Plus

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The Echo Plus

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Amazon’s original Echo design has not completely diminished from the scenes yet, which you may have assumed by glancing at the redesigned Echo above. The Echo Plus also is intricately equipped to control the smart-home objects with Zigbee hub built into it. This sophisticated device is commissioned to roger voice commands and you won’t need to fiddle with any of your other smart hub apps. The cost of this device could go up to $149.

 

Routines Comes to Amazon Echo

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Routines comes to Amazon Echo

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With the help of Alexa’s Routines, your smart home control will perform other actions like delivering latest news and weather reports. Amazon also announces Alexa’s latest abilities which will arrive in the near future. Engineered primarily for those who want to have their smart homes automated with simpler commands, Routines’ functionality will allow Alexa users the ability to trigger multiple actions at the same time, for instance, turning off the lights, locking the door, turning off the television units with commands like, “Alexa, good night”.

 

The New Fire TV

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The new Fire TV

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Amazon has also announced the all New Fire TV with HDR and 4K capabilities. This remastered Fire TV that has an HDMI cable outlet which again ships with an Alexa voice remote included. It is a small flat square dongle or a smaller version of the discontinued set-top-box that can be plugged into the back of your LCD/LED devices and stays right there. This one is capable of playing 60 frames per second and adds HDR (High Dynamic Range) as a brand new feature in the streaming segment. The New Fire TV is powered by a Quad-Core 1.5Ghz processor also having access to innumerable apps and Alexa skills.

 

The Echo Spot

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The Echo Spot

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This device will hit the floors in the month of December which will be available at $125. Echo Spot is everything you love about Alexa. It has a compact design that displays information on its screen. This gadget will show you the latest weather report, set an alarm and can get the news with a video flash briefing on its screen. It also shows you the calendar and allows you to browse and listen to audible audiobooks and more. You can personalize your Spot with a collection of clock faces to suit your style or set a photo background using Prime Photos. This device also allows you to make calls to anyone that has an echo show or uses an Alexa app. This gadget has a 2nd Generation far field technology with 4 built-in microphones, and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear your commands across the room.

With this new set of devices, it looks like Amazon is promoting the Echo to become the center of the Smart home with peripherals around it all being controlled by Alexa. We think this definitely puts Amazon Echo in the lead compared to Google Home. But then it’s hard to tell what Google has in store. As history has shown, Android took on iPhone and has eventually held the lion’s share of the smartphone market. Can it do the same with smart homes? Only time will tell.

 

UPDATE:

For all those wondering when you can get your hands on these Amazon Echo Smart speakers in India, we’ve great news for you – they are now available in India. You can purchase it on www.amazon.in/echo (by invitation only at this point). In order to incentivize you they are available at 30% off and that too with Prime membership bundled.

Now in India you can play Saavn music, order from Fresh Menu and hail an Ola cab using the Amazon Echo.


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