Monday, 19 November, 2018

Amazon Echo Auto gives almost any vehicle Alexa capability

Amazon unveiled the new feature last night along with the Amazon Clock Amazon unveiled the new feature last night along with the Amazon Clock
Camille Neal | 23 September, 2018, 21:33

Rumors have been flying about since the middle of 2017 that Facebook is building a smart speaker with a large touchscreen to rival Amazon's Echo Show.

Amazon recently teased an upcoming feature called Alexa Hunches that is created to infuse the digital assistant with intuition.

Yesterday, Amazon officially announced four new Echo devices. In this situation, you can just ask Cortana to open Alexa, and once Alexa is ready, you can make a purchase on Amazon through Alexa via Cortana.

When Echo speakers are set to guard mode, they listen for breaking glass or the sound of alarms from smoke or carbon dioxide detectors and send alerts to smartphones or even security companies.

Pre-order the microwave now; it's set to launch on November 14. Echo Plus is now capable of taking offline commands and has a brand new fabric design. We'll have a better sense of its performance after we test it in PC Labs, but at $129.99, it seems like a small investment to add power to your Echo speakers. The latter feature again will allow users to enable the speaker to act as a local hub to control other smart devices, something that is possible even with the internet down. The pricing is, however, the same $149.99 as the previous model.

All new Echo devices are available for pre-order on Amazon.in starting September 21. It's basically an Echo Dot without a speaker, and relies on a wired or Bluetooth connection with any other speaker to provide audio output. This is a really good deal on the Echo Show, and while you may not need two in your home, this would make a great gift this holiday season.

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Amazon claims both speakers sound better than their predecessors, but we can't confirm that from limited listening at Amazon's press event.

"A second-generation Echo Show was announced, which is essentially an Echo Plus with a camera and 10.1" touchscreen. The new microwave and amplifier bring Amazon into the home appliance and entertainment system space for the first time.

From the kitchen to the auto, Amazon on Thursday sought to make its Alexa digital assistant and online services a bigger part of people's lives with an array of new products and partnerships. Pre-orders are also being accepted on Amazon. The online retailer and technology company announced Thursday its Echo Auto, which brings Alexa and its voice controls to the vehicle.

Connects to Alexa using your phone, is ready in seconds, and plays through your vehicle speakers.

To help avoid miscommunications, the device uses eight microphones specifically designed for in-car acoustics. There is also the option to connect using an FM transmitter adapter. There is also a dashboard mount with which it is attached firmly to the car's dashboard. More than 70 percent of USA consumers use voice-activated technology on a daily basis. The Echo Link is available on Amazon for $199.99 and for the Echo Link Amp, it will cost you around $299.99.

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