Along with Amazon's Echo Show announcement this morning, the company also introduced Alexa calling and messaging. The new device, called Echo Show, goes on sale on June 28, 2017.
Despite the vast capabilities of the Alexa-powered Amazon Echo speaker, it's been missing one simple skill that Apple's Siri can easily handle: the ability to make calls and send messages. Alexa Show also displays lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. This gen-next Amazon Echo speaker would come out in black and white color variants.
This is Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN)'s fourth Echo-branded product.
Amazon announced Alexa calling and messaging on Tuesday, which allows you to place a call from any Alexa-enabled device - including smartphones, tablets and Amazon Echo units - to any other.
Echo Show will allow video conferencing between users having an Echo device or the Alexa app. To make sure that the user's voice is heard, the Echo Show comes with eight microphones, noise cancellation, and beam-forming technology.
Using Alexa is quite easy because you just have to mention it to the voice assistant and the call is made (on the introduction video, it was the video calls shown).
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Amazon's Echo Show will cost buyers roughly $300 (which roughly translates to Rs 19,400) and the device will start shipping from June 28 in the USA to begin with. But most interestingly, perhaps, is how this takes Amazon ahead of Google, and the Home device, in the development of these household devices.
The Echo, which supports Amazon's Alexa digital voice assistant, is the clear frontrunner in the space, commanding a 70% share of the speaker market.
There are three main options for calls: voice, video, and "Drop In".
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