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Amazon Echo Auto Brings Alexa To Your Old Car For $50

21 September, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Abraham Jackson
  • Industry analysts say the tech firm has cemented its lead in the smart home space

All the new Echo devices have received a facelift with the hard edges replaced with a rounded finish that is reminiscent of the Apple HomePod.

As per a previous Canalys report, Google shipped 3.2 million units of Home and Mini devices globally, compared to 2.5 million units of Echo devices shipper worldwide in Q1 2018. Research placed Amazon's Echo Dot in second place and together they accounted for some 38% of all smart speaker sales during the period. The device will cost $49 eventually, but for now it is invite only and will cost $24.99. Not so much. That's why the $60 AmazonBasics Microwave that works with Alexa is one of the most interesting products the company announced Thursday. Your phone's cell signal will allow the Alexa on the Go to connect with Amazon's cloud service, thereby bringing that functionality to your auto.

The Echo Dot, which Amazon says is its most popular speaker, is now 70 percent louder and has the fabric (Google Home-style) covering which you can see in the image above. It's the polar opposite of the cheap Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Generation.

Then there's the $29.99 Echo Wall Clock, which uses Bluetooth to connect to your Echo device.

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A total of 11.7 million of the devices were sold in the 2nd quarter, with Google and Amazon making 4 of the top 5 devices and accounting for more than half of global sales.

For parents, Alex can start getting kids to bed with "Routines for Kids". Additionally, users can ask Alexa to turn on the air conditioning or heating automatically when the room reaches a set temperature. The first physical design, a matte black cylinder, was uninspired, but the always-on speaker and Alexa resonated with consumers. This is something that has previously been impossible to do with Echo devices.

Dave Limp, senior vice president of Amazon Devices introduced the products in a surprise announcement at its headquarters at The Seattle Spheres, according to the company's live blog. In addition to that, it packs all the usual voice assistant features such as pulling up weather details, pictures and videos from Google Photos, controlling your smart home, Nest security camera integrations, guiding you through food recipes, directions, et cetera. It was also revealed that its suppliers were based in Taiwan who had been notified to beef up the production speed of this Google speaker to meet the decided launch date at Christmas.

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