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Amazon Reveals $230 Touchscreen Echo Show

13 May 2017

When it comes to global expansion, Amazon's Alexa is taking it slow.

Video calls are one of the biggest additions, however, as you'll be able to converse with friends and family from your little home hub device. Finally, Amazon Echo Show will have dual-band (2.4 and 5 GHz) 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Amazon Echo Show has all of the same functionality, including the ability to purchase items from Amazon with your voice (if you have Amazon Prime, anyway). But the Show is basically your electronic butler, controlling the lights and thermostat in your house, and even sneakily monitoring your family in other rooms through compatible cameras using the Drop In feature (if you prefer your privacy you can set Drop In to "Do Not Disturb" mode or disable it altogether).

The skill lets AmEx card members check their balances, access discounts and offers, pay bills and hear recent account information with the help of Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa, which powers popular home automation device Echo.

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Obviously, Amazon has been pushing hard (and frequently) to get its personal assistant to become a significant part of our everyday lives. But if you have an Echo device lying around the house or you're planning to get one soon, then this is probably something more convenient for you.

The Seattle-based retailer on Tuesday unveiled the new Echo Show, a successor to its speakers powered by artificial intelligence and released in 2014.

Amazon Echo Show is available for pre-order right now. Milanesi said she was skeptical about whether Echo could supplant smartphones for voice calling.

Or you can call from your Alexa by saying "Alexa, call mom".

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On the other hand, Google Home doesn't have a screen or video calling.

Adding a video component to voice-only digital assistants opens up a huge territory for developers and is the beginning efforts in enhancing the digital assistant experience with consumers. It will be far easier for Amazon, who knows how it wants to make money, to keep its user base while Google will have to experiment and make mistake. It'll be launching its Cortana Skills Kit. What are the other 10,000 skills developers that have invested even more in developing their skills going to do for monetisation? The research firm expects 35.6 million Americans will use a voice-activated device - at least once a month this year. But of course, the product has to be entertaining, engaging, and useful.

After AFTV News discovered low-resolution versions on Amazon's site, Evan Blass at Venturebeat tweeted images of the device in both white and black. It's been speculated that this new Apple device could be revealed as early as this June.

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Amazon Reveals $230 Touchscreen Echo Show