Amazon, he said, possesses a savvy understanding of its window of opportunity to firmly anchor the Alexa ecosystem. And unanimously the showstopper was the small cute round Echo Spot.
With its built-in smart home hub, Echo Plus makes connecting to compatible smart home devices easy. Oh, and there’s also a new 4K Fire TV. One thing is bit absurd here is that it lets you dial your own number from the Echo. If it becomes as big a hit as the original Echo, then Amazon has another hardware success on its hands. Amazon’s fabric coverings, wood veneer and smaller footprint are a step in that direction: products that don’t just do a job, but are objects that make sense in a home. Dolby processing promises improved sound. The Amazon Echo Plus is clever – it works without the aid of apps which could well be a game changer – but it’s got a little way to go to becoming really clever. The HomePod, though, will cost three times more than the next-generation Echo at nearly $350. This means you will be able to make video calls, a great option for today’s business environment.
The Echo Plus will retail for $150 and release on October 31.
It is the least expensive Echo product and is priced at $34.99. The cloth-covered smart speaker comes with a dedicated bass tweeter which delivers quality sound. It looks like a very fancy alarm clock and can certainly act as one. This is the version of the Echo that features a 7-inch screen.
You might remember that Google recently made a decision to cut YouTube access on the Amazon Echo Show, Amazon’s first Alexa-powered device with a display.
At the heart of them all is Alexa, the voice-activated software used to control the devices, which have few, if any buttons.
In fact the Echo Connect does nothing on its own, so you need another Echo of some description as well to actually make use of it. The latest data show that Amazon controls more than 70% of the smart speaker market with Google accounting for roughly 25%. That’s the number for the American Red Cross, just in case you felt like making a donation today, but Amazon allows for calls to “most” numbers in the US, Canada and Mexico.
Amazon recently uncovered its product which is named as Amazon echo connect at $35. It will be available on December 13.
Alexa Gadgets are Echo-branded accessories. Beyond that, the company revealed a second generation of its Echo device in two variant – the Echo and Echo Plus.
Just like every Amazon product that’s part of this line-up, the Fire TV is Alexa-enabled.
Is this a feature you’re happy to see the arrival of?
Also, the current success of the Echo Dot – thanks to its affordability – could face challenges, Erickson said.