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29 Setiembre 2017, 10:10 | Benedicto Grullon
Alexa plays some Beatles' jams on Amazon's Echo ShowImage amazon
The report emerges just a day after Amazon unveiled a slew of new Echo devices, all enabled to run Alexa, the internet retailer's voice assistant. But Amazon stumbled upon something huge, basically, and forced the other big names in the industry to create their own smart speakers.
Pre-orders for both the new Echos began Wednesday.
The online retailer is slashing prices to undercut Google, introducing better acoustics in response to a forthcoming Apple speaker and rolling out new formats to appeal to different tastes and needs.
Smart loudspeakers are defining much of the present technology in the home, with more and more companies making available to the public their particular vision - sometimes not so particular, right, Sony? - of what should be the ideal smart speaker. Now majority have Echo-like devices they're moving on.
Under the hood, however, there have been a number of improvements made.
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Are you looking for a "smart screen" home automation hub similar to the Amazon Echo Show? With plenty of games about to release for the Echo-powered devices, the EchoButton appears a perky deal for $20 that will hand you a pack of two Echo Buttons. A three-pack is offered for $250, that has a smaller physical size and an increased focus on sound quality.
Amazon debuts a second-gen Echo for $99 which goes on sale today.
One of the interesting developments in the smart speaker race is how quickly it seems to have progressed from speakers that primarily play music and respond to voice commands, to ones that also incorporate a video screen and camera.
REUTERS/Rick WilkingDavid VanderWaal, VP of marketing for LG Electronics USA (L), listens to Mike George, VP Alexa, Echo and Appstore for Amazon, talking about their companies' partnership during the LG press conference at CES in Las Vegas, U.S., January 4, 2017. It turns the 7-inch rectangular screen of the show into a 2.5-inch circular screen. That includes support for gaming on Echo devices using the Echo Button.
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