Amazon announces expansions to Echo product lineup

The 5 Biggest Announcements Amazon Just Made

Again, Alexa - using the $149 (roughly Rs. 9,800) Echo Plus - could make smart home set-up as easy as, screwing in a light bulb. But which is best for you?

It's also $10 cheaper than buying the non-4K streaming stick and a Dot together, so if you want a Dot, it more than negates the step-up charge to get 4K. Check out our in-depth Echo tips and tricks guide to see more about the best and hidden speaker features. Like Amazon's other devices, the build quality is very good, and the Echo Spot feels like a premium gadget. However, enhanced sound isn't all that earns this speaker that Plus title.

Apple and Alphabet's Google haven't overlooked consumers' appetite for these smart speakers.

The ZigBee antenna uses a low-power frequency to speak directly to certain smarthome gadgets.

"Three years ago we introduced the first Echo, powered by Alexa, with a goal to fundamentally simplify and improve the way customers interact with their homes", said Tom Taylor, svp/Amazon Alexa.

All that and Echo Plus stays pretty affordable at £140, out now in the UK.

The 5 Biggest Announcements Amazon Just Made

The Echo Spot will only be available in the USA on 19 December for $129.99. This compares to the Echo Spot's 2.5-inch screen and 1.4-inch speaker.

The online retailer also announced a speaker-phone device called an Echo Connect for $35 that connects to a user's home phone and allows the user to place and receive calls. But for basics like controlling a thermostat or telling your smart kettle to fire up before you do, this smart speaker does it there and then.

Price: The new Echo is priced at $99.99 and will be available on October 31. This offers better brightness and contrast, as long as your TV supports it. Netflix and Amazon both offer HDR content, as does iTunes for the Apple TV. Ideal for a late night in-bed chat with your partner while they're in a different time zone.

One theory - well, my theory: Amazon hasn't found one, single, no-brainer use case for the Echo, so it's releasing different form factors that can push different behavior. Which device do you think you'll get first? They allow groups to tap to play games. However, the price difference apart, there are several factors that makes the two set-top box offerings unique in their own rights. Once connected, you can just ask your Echo to call someone and the call will be routed through the Echo to Echo Connect to your landline connection to whoever you are calling. "With the proliferation of Echo devices, there's a chance for confusion in the marketplace: with so many devices, with varying functions and costs, which product is best served to win".

At Amazon's official unveiling, we saw a Spot displaying Yelp-powered café reviews and American sports scores, alongside more personalised information like forthcoming appointments or your Amazon Prime photo library.

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