Inc. has introduced a number of new Echo devices, including a less expensive version of the Echo, priced at about $100 versus the present price tag of almost $180. Nevertheless, Amazon claims the new speakers will deliver "immersive sound", with "better bass, better treble". When they noticed people were using their Echoes as timers, for example, the timer skill got a team leader.
Philips Hue certainly is, and Amazon's even giving away one of its bulbs for free with every purchase, while stocks last. While the Echo Dot already got a second gen model nearly a year ago, the Echo is just getting its own three years later. Today, Amazon took a major step forward in this direction as it announced multiple upgrades to the Echo family of devices. You can also get 33 percent off when you buy the new Fire TV and Echo Dot together. In case the built-in speaker is not enough for some users, a 3.5mm line-out port with cable is available, as well as Bluetooth connectivity. Notably, it also launches alongside Echo Connect, a $35 device that'll allow for Echos to connect to a landline and be used to make phone calls. "This $149 Dollars device is larger than the rest of the Echo speaker family, measuring 9.3" x 3.3" x 3.3". Like the other Echo devices, it can be controlled via voice to play music from Amazon, Pandora, and Spotify, among other services. Note that Alexa for BMW and MINI cars will only be for the company's 2018 models, so if you own an older BMW vehicle we guess you'd be out of luck. Imagine a trivia game, for instance, where every family member has a dedicated wireless button to "buzz in".
The device, which comes in a new smaller form, also has improved far-field voice recognition.