Alongside the unveiling of its new Echo Show, Amazon updated its Alex app for iOS today bringing support for calling and messaging Echo devices and Alexa app users. Just when those competitors might have been catching up, Amazon just announced another great leap forward: the Echo Show.
Amazon's Alexa assistant is now only talking to you, but you will soon be able to have Alexa reach out and touch someone else.
Amazon unveiled a new version of its Echo device on Tuesday with a touchscreen, adding a visual component to its popular line of voice-controlled personal assistants.
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The Echo Show can be hooked up to Wi-Fi enabled cameras so that it can show the feeds when asked by the user.
You can now place and receive calls and messages from one Amazon Alexa-enabled device to another. The device will also allow you to chat with those who have the Echo or Alexa App.
We'll have a lot to say about the newest Amazon Echo in the coming weeks, including publishing a review.
The device, set for a 28 June release, can be pre-ordered in the U.S. for the price of $229.99 in black or white. You can watch Youtube videos, or it can be your regular photo frame by downloading your photos from Amazon Prime. It can even be used to play video news briefings from networks like CNN. To make sure that the user's voice is heard, the Echo Show comes with eight microphones, noise cancellation, and beam-forming technology. If they have an Echo Show, those can become video calls, thanks to the 5MP camera. Once the company launches in Australia, Amazon is also expected to make a significant contribution to the 311 million smart home devices in the country by 2021.