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Google Working on "Manhattan" Project, Competes With Amazon Echo

06 Octubre 2017, 12:33 | Benedicto Grullon

Google To Launch Its Amazon Echo Show Counterpart

THIS portable Amazon gadget will help you make voice calls on Echo smartspeaker; here's how to get started

Not only this the company has also released a smaller version of the Amazon Echo which will be cheaper. The gadget can interface with and control brilliant home gadgets also, for example, the Nest indoor regulator. Echo is supposed to be synced to all your Alexa services, the Amazon's intelligent personal assistant. Amazon bolstered its Alexa in the auto lineup with BMW integration and even announced at the launch that the voice assistant will be available for Billy Bass, the annoying talking fish. Instead of plugging a normal phone into your phone socket, you plug the Echo Connect in instead, and then get everything configured through the Alexa app on your phone. The HomePod, though, will cost three times more than the next-generation Echo at nearly $350. Amazon is still filling its own ecosystem out for its Echo hardware, effectively from the ground up.

The smaller version of Amazon Echo is 5.9 inch compared to the original Amazon Echo which is 9.25 inch in size. Now, users can use their speakers to make calls directly to non-Echo devices at no extra charge.

The Echo Plus will retail for $150 and release on October 31. Amazon Echo Plus device has a price tag of $149.99. Powered by Dolby, the Echo Show speakers are fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response and immersive sound.

It is unclear whether this feature will be made available to worldwide Echo users or when its rollout would take place. You can already watch YouTube videos on your smartphone, tablet, PC, and even a smart TV.

Amazon launched its new range of Alexa enabled Echo devices last week. The idea being you have a few of these in your house to use for video calls within the home. The initial plan was apparently to create similar functionality but on larger screens, but the project has since pivoted to rival Amazon's Echo Show. Users can also opt to buy the Amazon Echo in a pack of three for $250 so it converts to multi-room audio.

Echo also gives a voice-controlled feature for a lot of your home devices. The Echo Dot, Echo, and the Echo Show all of these now adopted the capabilities of placing voice calls to numbers for absolutely free in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

It's a very peculiar and unexpected approach to go after people who still rely on a landline phone service.

The new Echo uses Amazon's second generation far-field technology, which features better wake word processing, improved beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation. It will be available on December 13.

Beyond Amazon branding, all of these have something in common: Alexa. This device is named as Echo Plus.

Just like every Amazon product that's part of this line-up, the Fire TV is Alexa-enabled.



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