Amazon unveils Echo Show video streaming assistant

Jay Anderson
May 19, 2017

Similar to the earlier generation of Alexa-enabled Echo speakers, even the Amazon Echo Show will respond to your voice commands and will be able to control smart home devices.

Amazon says that Alexa can now finally also show you things, thanks to the Echo Show's display. Well when a call is incoming a green light ring will appear on the Echo device and, users will be able to answer, ignore or hang up the call using their voice. Your Echo will need a Wi-Fi connection to make calls, but the service is free and doesn't require a phone line. As you'd expect, every Alexa "skill" that's supported on other Echo devices is also available for the Echo Show. The camera-equipped Echo Look uses artificial intelligence to help users pick out their outfits daily.

A new feature is coming today to the Amazon Echo: voice calling and messaging.

Amazon has also added an 8th microphone.

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The Amazon Echo seemed like a weird device when it was announced, but it was just the first home of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

The presence of a touchscreen will also look to fill the gaps in the functionality of the display-less Amazon Echo. The speaker comes with a price tag of $229.99 (around Rs 15,000). A United Kingdom release date and pricing will be announced at a later date.

If you aren't ready to upgrade to an Echo Show, voice calling features will be rolling out to the full Echo lineup soon. The first Amazon Echo was launched three years ago, in 2014.

Global electronics giant Amazon has unveiled its latest smart speaker with a touchscreen. Alexa will be able to hear all voice commands, as long as its woken up by saying, "Alexa", "Amazon", "Echo" or "Computer".

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