Amazon unveils the next-gen Echo and Echo Plus smart speakers

Amazon unveils the next-gen Echo and Echo Plus smart speakers

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There is also a smaller version available for the Echo Plus which is nearly half the size of the original and you can get one for yourself now for about $99.

But this is still a nice upgrade from the original version of Alexa calling that Amazon rolled out, which only let you call other Echo owners or people with the Alexa app installed and set up on their smartphone.

Echo Spot is the most interesting new member of the Echo family, it is a smart alarm clock that is blessed with a camera and a screen.

The updated and redesigned Echo boasts improved audio quality and uses an all-new far-field technology.

The device will offer YouTube, Google Assistant, Google Photos, video calling and also act as a smart hub that can control "Nest" and other smart home devices, Tech Crunch quoted industry sources as saying on Friday.

The home automation and virtual assistant market continues to heat up after Amazon announced several new devices this week.

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Amazon's Music Unlimited service is home to tens of millions of songs and thousands of playlists users can stream from their smartphones, tablets, Alexa-enabled devices and more. The device has more or less the same feature as seen in a regular Echo only with a 7-inch display. One is to connect the landline, the second is to connect an Echo device. And the user's phone number will be displayed as caller ID.

"The all-new Fire TV delivers a great entertainment experience with the best picture quality on a Fire TV, 4K Ultra HD, HDR, and an unbeatable selection of content - all at an affordable price", said Marc Whitten, Vice President, Amazon Fire TV.

Here's our guide to the Amazon Echo lineup as it now stands, including all the devices that have been announced and are yet to be released.

The company also released the 3rd Generation of their streaming device known as the Fire TV.

It is claimed Google initially had its focus on a television-sized device, bringing all of its aforementioned services into the living room. Apple and Samsung are both working on their own Amazon Echo rivals, and even Facebook is reportedly preparing to get into the market.

Recent rumours have suggested Google is on a similar track.

  • Kyle Warner