Amazon Debuts 2nd Generation Echo Range of Devices; Alexa in BMW

TechCrunch sources say that Google has pushed forward the development of Manhattan as it really wants to release a device that is competitive to the Amazon Echo Show.

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.

Echo plus is an upgrade to the original Amazon Echo.

Amazon is also adding higher fidelity equipment to the next-generation Echo in an apparent response to the HomePod.

The line-up was completed by the "Echo Spot", incorporating a 2.5-in screen for hooking up to camera feeds and making video calls.

There's a chance, though, that YouTube will eventually become available on the Echo Show.

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Its new sister, the large Echo plus, features a home hub to support control of connected lighting and other third-party products without the need for a separate data-linking device. The company might be considering doling out new products to stay relevant versus Amazon, which has released a slew of new Echo devices lately.

That's a good idea, especially since there's no way Google's smart speaker is going to get an Amazon Video app after the YouTube incident.

A new Fire TV device, priced at $69, was also announced, as well as the Echo Spot, essentially an Echo Dot speaker with a small display, priced at $130.

It introduced a new version of its Fire TV player that will stream 4K video like its predecessor but will sell for $70, down from $100.

This device has a built-in speaker but you can also connect external speakers using the 3.5mm jack or the Bluetooth. At the moment no price estimates are known. That includes support for gaming on Echo devices using the Echo Button. However, with so much at stake, Google needs to provide consumers with a unique selling point and reason to pick its device over the more-established Amazon versions, lest customers be left asking what they did to deserve this flat, flavourless Manhattan.

Recent rumours have suggested Google is on a similar track. Though it might get released in 2018 as Google is now looking to partner with smart hub manufacturers like Best Buy Geek Squad and Enjoy for home installation.


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