Amazon Debuts 2nd Generation Echo Range of Devices; Alexa in BMW

Posted Сентября 29, 2017

Google could be working on a tabletop smart screen device designed for video calling and smart home features, according to TechCrunch's sources.

"Echo Spot combines the popular small design of Echo Dot, the display of Echo Show, and the features you love about Alexa into an all-new, stylish and compact device", said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. Following the surprise debut of the Echo Show, Google's mid-2018 launch date was brought forward to 2017 and the pressure was ramped up a couple of notches. Smart home camera support on Fire TV now works on a range of devices from companies including Arlo, Ring, Nest, and August. It's not a stretch to imagine that Google would be working on a version of their Home smart assistant with a screen, if for no other reason than to keep pace with Amazon. A cute little Echo Spot.

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I unfortunately was not able to really play with it, as the devices seen in the photos here are just demo units and not hooked up to anything. The competition also has grounds to fear a terminal whose operating system will be Android, making the availability of both applications and compatibility between the device and smartphones on the world's most widespread mobile platform are simpler. They are now negotiating with partners for the smart hub - sources told TechCrunch they're also interested in a Netflix app for the device.

Amazon hosts a surprise hardware event today to unveil its new range of Alexa enabled more advanced device.

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It's not just the number of devices that reflect the significance of the announcement.

Echo Spot will be available in the United Kingdom and Germany early next year. My point is that Amazon already has the lead and I truly hope Google takes the time to make a considered and well integrated device.

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Amazon also introduced Echo Connect, which is a $35 box that will allow you to place phone calls to landlines using your existing Amazon Echo units. Google has been protective of how YouTube functions on third-party devices in the past, though in this case, the timing seems a little bit suspect. The Mountain View, California-based tech giant guarantees that Amazon knew YouTube support for the Echo Show is set to be ended on Tuesday, expressing that the two have been consulting on the issue for some time now, however, were obviously unfit to achieve an understanding.

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