A connected microwave and wall clock, which can also be controlled using Alexa, were also announced. And that’s just the start.
Amazon really wants Alexa everywhere – even inside your microwave. Meanwhile, as voice control and conversational computing takes hold, Alexa is establishing a presence in offices, cars and other spaces. This real-time OS is created to open up “incredibly quickly”, so that you can get going with Alexa without having to wait in the garage.
There’s quite a bit more. Say “Alexa, watch ESPN on Hulu” for example, and it’ll come on. It will add another way of interacting with Google Assistant for the users. Here’s everything Amazon announced today.
The new Echo Dot boasts a larger driver – it’s now 1.6in, up from 1.1in – driven by more power for a volume that supposedly goes 70 per cent louder.
If you’ve been digging your Amazon Echo or Amazon Echo Plus speaker for all of its smarts, but find the audio to be lacking, Amazon has a new thing to sell you: the Amazon Echo Sub.
The Echo Show launched previous year and brings a screen to the Alexa speaker family. You know, the cloth look. Consumers will be able to order the device starting today, and Amazon will begin shipping it next month.
Amazon retained its overall lead with a combined market share of 30 per cent for its Echo and Echo Dot, the research firm said, compared with 27 per cent for Google’s two speakers. According to the report, the smart speaker is all set to be named Google Home Hub and is going to offer a 7-inch screen. Still no word from Amazon if it can access YouTube videos natively.
Amazon kicked off the smart speaker category in 2014 with the release of its first Echo smart speaker and has dominated it since. You can, for instance, set it up so that Alexa automatically turns on the fan if your living room reaches a certain temperature. It retails at $24.99 and will be available in October.
Android Authority notes that the price of the Google Home Hub will be at $149. That’ll begin offering devices to customers later this year, priced at $29.99.
The Echo Sub spotted by Pocket-Lint, adds a 100w bass bin to your existing Echo or Echo Plus.
READ NEXT: Best Echo – Which Amazon smartspeaker should I buy? . You can pre-order it now and it will be released October 11. Echo Link and Echo Link Amp can promise better sound, and are meant to replace existing receivers and amplifiers. Echo Link will ship later this year and cost $200.