Alexa's New Smarts Just Put Google Assistant on Notice

Judy Cobb
September 22, 2018

That doesn't appear to be the case any more, however, as Alexa and Cortana have formed a lasting relationship.

Priced at £49.99, the new Echo Dot keeps its compact size but has been given a larger built-in 1.6-inch speaker to boost audio output. If you buy this with two compatible speakers, you can save up to 25 percent.

The new Echo devices are available on Amazon.in for pre-order starting today. Other Echo devices including the Echo Auto, Echo Link, Echo Link Amp will not hit the Indian stores for now.

As always you can improve the sound quality by connection via 3.5mm or Bluetooth to other speakers. When you activate the system by saying "Alexa, I'm leaving", your speakers can listen for the sound of breaking glass, or the distinct tones of your smoke or carbon-monoxide detectors, and then send out alerts. Are you looking forward to any of these new products or not so much? The Echo Show will sell for $229 (Rs 16,407) and it will start shipping in the USA next month. The amplifier and subwoofer also will bring stereo pairing capabilities that have thus far been absent from Echo gadgets.

Out of all the Echo devices, some of them will come to India, while some will not.

Finally, there's an Echo to let you see the world when you ask the Alexa platform a question, as the Echo Show is added to the Amazon's screen-based choices. The new appearance change from plastic to the fabric makes it look more premium.

You've got three colours to choose from: Charcoal, Heather Grey and Sandstone and like the other Echo speakers, it's been given that fabric-style design makeover. About two-thirds of smart speaker users in the USA will use an Amazon Echo this year, compared to less than 30 percent who will use a Google Home, according to EMarketer Inc.

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The Echo Sub will be available on October 11 but the dates for the rest of the Echo devices are not yet confirmed.

We love the auto-discover feature in the embedded Zigbee smart home hub. Undeniably, this is the best Alexa device when it comes to hearing your voice. The new Echo Show will sell for $229.99.

Next up is the Echo Plus, the big Amazon Echo speaker. Not just that, the company announced a Skype app for the device that will allow users to make video calls directly on the Show offering the same "drop-in" video chat capabilities as past year.

ALSO READ: OnePlus 6T Confirmed To Feature In-Display Fingerprint Scanner! But really it's for adding Echo (and therefore Alexa) functionality to existing speakers you know and love. $35.

Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services, says the company had to rethink its microphone array technology for the auto. And, there's a new Alexa-enabled, AmazonBasics microwave, $59, that can start cooking via voice command.

These devices work best if you have a Prime membership at Amazon, considering Prime members can stream over two million songs with Prime Music at no additional charge. There have a lot of Echo's announced and revamped.

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