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Here's what to expect — Amazon Echo event

Here's what to expect — Amazon Echo event

There were only 4,000 such devices at the beginning of the year.

The redesigned Echo Plus has little in the way of design changes and looks more or less the same as its predecessor. On the upside, Amazon says it's bringing a web browser to the device.

The features listing page also reveals that the upcoming Google smart speaker will allow access to Google Photos with simple voice commands.

Amazon now has its own DVR, available in two models: 500GB with 2 tuners or 1TB with 4 tuners. The AmazonBasics Microwave is to pre-order starting today for $59.99 and will start shipping later this year. While not everyone thinks an Amazon Echo with a ZigBee radio qualifies as a smart home (there's no Z-wave radio), Amazon is proud of the new Echo Plus. When paired together with an Echo or Echo Plus, the Echo Sub function as a subwoofer would.

For you home theater people, Amazon announced Echo Link Amp and Echo Link. You can also pick it up as part of an Echo 2.1 stereo bundle in your choice of colors for $249.97. And then there's the Echo Sub, which can add some real bass to the music that you pump out of your Echo speakers. It also includes Amazon's Silk browser for browsing on that 10-inch display.

The leaked pictures show the Google Home Hub from all angles. These devices include a revamped Echo Dot that is created to be louder than its predecessor, a streaming audio adapter, a Alexa-controlled subwoofer, a receiver and an amplifier as well as a revamped version of its Echo Plus speaker. In order to compensate for the extra noise, the Echo Auto has an "eight-microphone array" that enables the device to hear your requests even when there's road noise, construction or music playing in the background. The team started with the most popular appliance that's out there today.

It's only the beginning for Alexa. You can also adjust the speaker's equaliser settings within the Amazon Alexa mobile app. Alexa Guard also has an Away Lighting mode that uses machine learning to turn your smart lights on and off "in patterns that seem natural" to deter break-ins and robberies. We don't have all of the specs yet, but you know what they are - security cameras.

Apart from touch operations it will offer voice control like the previous products under the Home category.

"Unsurprisingly, Amazon and Google models dominated the best-selling list of smart speakers in Q2 2018", David Watkins, director of Strategy Analytics' smart speaker service, said in a statement.


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