Amazon Refreshes Echo Smart Speaker Lineup

With by far the most eclectic support for everything from food shopping to smart home functionality, it simply is an fantastic device. That said, the fact that it's available for pre-order now likely means that it will be available sometime in the near future, and perhaps before the holidays. Available in blue and red colours, the buzzers can be connected to Amazon Echo and serve as inputs for Alexa-powered games.

Rather than a new product to join the Dot, Tap, Look and Show, this Echo is a direct successor to the best-selling smart speaker that founded an entire tech sector in 2014. It's also announced a partnership with BMW to get Alexa integrated into its luxury cars starting from 2018.

Amazon may find enough people that see value in enough different use cases for all of these different devices to succeed.

If the past is a precedent, these devices will run out fast. Amazon will also knock $50 off the total if you buy three. Google's Home smart speaker sells for $129, while Apple's HomePod, due out in December, will cost $349 and aims to deliver high-quality sound. The biggest change is in its appearance as it now comes in six new styles - Heather Gray Fabric, Charcoal Fabric, Sandstone Fabric, Oak Finish, Walnut Finish and Silver Finish. The round-shaped device will be hitting the shelves in December this year in the United States at $130 (roughly Rs 8,500). It is the first major upgrade of Echo nearly after three years. Interestingly, the original Echo had a 2.5in woofer and a 2in tweeter. Amazon did not remove it from its portfolio. Even the nice price of $99 is a drop from the $180 initial price.

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Echo Show is available for pre-order today and will start shipping on November 16 in the UK. That version will also sport improved audio and even come with one Philips Hue bulb, which users can control with voice commands.

Amazon also unveiled an entirely new product - the Echo Spot.

The Echo Spot is a new take on the smart alarm clock. It's priced at $69.

It has watch faces that can be customized and you can also watch videos on your screen, make video calls or check your smart security cameras.


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