Amazon is adding voice calling and messaging to Alexa

Fernando Stephens
May 20, 2017

The Amazon Echo Show has its home-brewed digital assistant Alexa handling all the operations based on voice-commands and now touch screen inputs. It uses Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant, so you can play with it using your voice just as you would a typical Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa app.

There have been quite a few leaks regarding a new Echo over the past several days, and now Amazon has made everything official. This essentially enables customers to work on a number of things like attending video and voice calls, that too with other Echo devices.

That means you'll have to wait a month and a half to get your hands on the new speaker if you order it today, although it's nice to see it come simultaneously to both the U.S. and United Kingdom, after the original Amazon Echo took over a year to arrive in the latter territory.

Thought the device was just unveiled, you'll have to wait until June 28 to get your hands on it.

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You don't need an Echo Show to start a video call either. And if your contact has another Echo device with a camera, you'll be able to do video calling as well.

When a call is received, the ring around the top of your Echo (or in your Amazon Alexa app) will turn green, after which you can simply answer or deny the phone call. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more. There's also noise-cancellation built in, so the Show can hear your commands while playing music from its pair of 5cm speakers.

Amazon's Echo Show will cost buyers roughly $300 (which roughly translates to Rs 19,400) and the device will start shipping from June 28 in the United States to begin with.

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