Amazon unveils voice-controlled Echo smart power plug

The Spheres in Seattle site of today’s Amazon devices event

The Spheres in Seattle site of today’s Amazon devices event

"You plug in the Wi-Fi Simple Setup enabled device, and it immediately looks for the Wi-Fi Simple Setup Network". And it added the Echo Sub and the $299.99 (226 pounds) Echo Link Amp, focused on creating better entertainment systems for the home. Moreover, Amazon is working with Ring and ADT to make sure there's someone to take action if something goes wrong.

Like the Echo Dot, Amazon is selling the new Echo Plus at an unchanged ₹14,999 ($207), and the speaker is available in black, grey, and white options.

Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services, says the company had to rethink its microphone array technology for the vehicle.

YouTube hasn't been available on the Show since Google yanked it past year, but a host of new features should compensate for its absence.

But while the devices themselves were impressive-if not for their depth, but for their breadth-it was the new abilities and skills that Alexa is gaining that will help keep Amazon's voice assistant one step ahead-or at least on a par with-Google Assistant.

All new Echo devices are available for pre-order on Amazon.in, starting Friday. Not anymore, the company has introduced a new US$129.99 Echo Sub. Echo Link will ship later this year and cost $200.

After speculations and leaks on their own websites, Amazon revealed a slate of new hardware at a surprise Echo Alexa event.

Amazon's product blitz Thursday wasn't just about new Echo speakers and new Fire TV DVR. The new Echo Show will sell for $229.99. More than 70 percent of US consumers use voice-activated technology on a daily basis.

The new one comes with a 10-inch HD display, 8-mic array, a front camera and Alexa connection. Amazon has also put forth a logic, that with a smart clock like this, people wouldn't have to worry about daylight savings time. The Echo Show will come to India only early next year. Moreover, it also does not support video playback.

The Echo Plus is available in three colours - Heather, Charcoal Gray, and Sandstone. But it's also a speaker, and given its popularity, Echo should be at least a competent way of listening to music out loud.

The Echo Input is meant to compete with Google's Chromecast Audio device.

Then there was the Echo Input, which adds music-casting (and multiroom audio) capabilities to any dub speaker.

Industry analysts are predicting continued growth for smart home devices as competition increases, but many potential customers still cite security as a concern around such gadgets. The Echo Auto will let users bring Alexa smart voice assistant to their cars. The Echo Show will sell for $229 (Rs 16,407) and it will start shipping in the United States next month. That price will increase to $49.99 after the invite-only period ends but that's still a mighty good deal for what you get.

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