The new Echo Auto is created to sit on a car's dashboard and give directions or play music, while plugged into a car's power outlet. But if you can't afford a brand new electric vehicle, the Echo Auto is your solution. In a demo following the Amazon event, an Amazon spokesperson walked me through a few other usecases, like "Alexa, one potato" or "Alexa, popcorn". It will be selling for a price tag of Rs 4,499. It will go on sale in the United Kingdom next month for £49.99.
The Echo Sub is a sub-woofer that can pair with any Echo speaker.
The Echo Input ($35) is a coaster sized device for adding Alexa controls to existing speakers.
To complement the release of the new Echo audio options, and weird kitchen gadgets, Amazon have also upgraded the Echo Show and Echo Dot. The Echo Sub is priced at $129.99. The device will cost $50 eventually, but for now it is invite-only and will cost $25.
The Echo is the most popular smart speaker in the United States with two-thirds of the smart-speaker owners talking to Alexa at least once a month, according to eMarketer. The aforementioned blog post tells us that the service "integrates Echo devices, smart lights, and security service providers to help customers protect their homes while they're away".
You can pre-order the new Echo Plus from $229 from Amazon online now with shipping starting on October 11.
The Plus is Amazon's flagship smart home speaker, thanks to the built-in Zigbee smart home hub which automatically detects and links up with other smart home devices it finds in the home. And it is indeed much more attractive, with a nice fabric cover and an improved speaker.
For one thing, Alexa isn't actually built into it.
And the list of new Alexa features is expansive. The Echo Show will come to India only early next year.
Alexa users will be able to make outgoing Skype voice and video calls, accept incoming Skype calls and make SkypeOut calls to most phone numbers around the world, according to MIcrosoft officials. Echo sub is available in Indian market at Rs 12,999.
The Echo Input is meant to compete with Google's Chromecast Audio device.
Do any of these new Amazon devices interest you? It can also connect with any nearby Alexa-compatible speaker or an Echo product itself to play music. The Link starts at $200 and will be available later this year.
"The Echo Auto is a relatively small - it measures 3.3" x 1.9" x 0.5" (85 mm x 47 mm x 13.28 mm) - and weighs just 1.6 oz (45 grams). Amazon says it has an eight-microphone array to be able to listen to your commands while you are driving. The Echo Auto has been launched for a price of $24.99, but Amazon says that the price of the device will be increased to $49.99 after the testing period.
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