Amazon Announces a Gaggle of New, Next-Gen Echo Devices

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Among the other launches is a redesigned Echo Show with a 10-inch screen and integrations with NBC and Hulu.

The device comes with some fun new software features, too. It features a 100W, six-inch downward firing woofer that'll introduce a new level of depth to your Echo sound system.

Audio aside, it also integrates a temperature sensor so you can trigger routines based on how hot or cool your room is.

The voice assistant, which started as the centerpiece to Amazon's Echo smart speaker line, now even has its own microwave, wall clock and device for the auto.

"You plug in the Wi-Fi Simple Setup enabled device, and it immediately looks for the Wi-Fi Simple Setup Network".

"There are dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers; a passive bass radiator; and Dolby processing to deliver expansive stereo sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs, flawless for listening to your favorite music", Amazon said.

All the new Echo devices are available to pre-order today and will ship to customers next month.

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Google is reportedly looking to expand its Home smart speaker portfolio with the launch of a new device called the Google Home Hub this fall.

The new Echo Plus is basically the same thing as last year's Echo Plus, but in a package that conforms to what we have with the current line of Echo tubes. If you have passive speakers, the Echo Link Amp adds "a built-in 60W 2-channel amplifier" to the equation.

Still, the market for voice-activated speakers pales in comparison with smartphones, where most people interact, according to Strategy Analytics. The YouTube support could be a real knock-out blow to Amazon, assuming there is a market that wants its digital assistants to be seen AND heard.

Echo Input is like an Echo Dot without a speaker, just the microphones.

Unlike the Dot this gadget doesn't feature an in-built speaker with users simply attaching this device to an existing speaker via Bluetooth or the 3.5mm headphone port. The leaked product page also reveals that the Google has partnered with over 400 brands for the Google Home Hub to make the smart speaker compatible with over 5000 smart devices in the market. It will also be able to show live views of connected security cameras via a voice command. All fine and dandy, I'm sure - but the product that most intrigues me is probably also the most innocuous: An Alexa-integrated Echo Wall Clock.

While the Echo Wall Clock can use its clock face to display any timers a user now has running.

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