June 27, 2017

The New Amazon Echo Adds a Screen for Video Calling

13 May 2017, 10:56 | Kenny Thornton

Adverts are coming to the Amazon Echo sort

Adverts are coming to the Amazon Echo sort

The new smart speaker features a 7in touchscreen built in. Anyone can make or receive a voice or video call on it if they have the Alexa app.

In any case, you can pre-order the Echo Show, which will ship in late June, on Amazon for $230 or two for $360. The speaker on the $50 Echo Dot isn't as good, as it's meant to be used with speakers you already may own.

"I think Echo Show fits very well in the kitchen", said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.

As of now, Amazon devices with the Alexa virtual assistant are only available in three countries, including the U.S. That's because varying conventions of speech, from place to place, present a unique challenge for natural language processing, as Kintan Brahmbhatt, Amazon Music's director of product, explained during the Upstream Music Fest + Summit in Seattle on Thursday.

With a reasonable price of $49.99, the Echo Dot quickly became a go-to gift to get for a friend or family member or even for yourself. Finally, Amazon Echo Show will have dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. There are no Echo Shows reviews online at the moment. The Show is capable of using all the Skills (basically, the Echo equivalent of an app), but it now features hundreds of new skills that take advantage of the camera and touchscreen.

Amazon hopes that will massively increase the usefulness of its smart assistant Alexa. Indeed, with a few notable exceptions from large companies, most Alexa Skills are of questionable utility, to say the least.

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The Amazon's support team recommended to delete those offending people from her phone so their numbers are also removed from Alexa. Now you'll do the same to stay connected to Alexa. For example, as well as getting audio instructions for a recipe, the idea is you could glance at the screen to see how the prep should look at each step.

Marchick, who is responsible for running some of the first advertisements on Facebook, realizes audio ads on Echo are new and expects a lot of discussion around the model. This way my young kids get exposed early to this future of interaction with computers and learn how to best leverage them.

Nucleus isn't all too happy about the new Echo Show. It's also a sign of how consumer companies are increasingly tapping emerging devices like Echo to reach their customers.

The Echo Show's new "Drop In" function will let users start a call without needing the person on the other end to accept. You can't call individual rooms yet - like from the dining room up to your kid's bedroom, that feature will launch this summer - but you can call other users.

Similar to its progenitor, the upgrade device streams music via Wi-Fi on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio and more. Alexa Show also displays lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music.

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