New Amazon Echo Dot review: Still small, bigger sound

New Amazon Echo Dot review: Still small, bigger sound

New Amazon Echo Dot review: Still small, bigger sound

A few days after Apple held its high-profile unveiling of new iPhones and watches, streaming it on Twitter, Amazon responded by ... sending out several press releases. This is something that has previously been impossible to do with Echo devices. There are new devices too like Fire TV Recast and Alexa smart plugs - and a microwave, yep, a smart microwave. Most of these products will start shipping in October. The new AmazonBasics Microwave comes with dozens of quick-cook voice presets.

Amazon has aggressively signed up hardware partners to make sure smart home-loving consumers could use Alexa to do everything from turning up the heat to turning down the lights.

Not to mention that the microwave itself just looks, well, boring and basic. This is meant to compete with already established devices on the market like Slingbox, TiVo, and HDHomeRun. And it is indeed much more attractive, with a nice fabric cover and an improved speaker. The company also touts the sound will be 70% louder than the current Dot for clearer audio. The Echo Sub is priced at $129.99.

The 3rd-generation Echo Dot comes with a new curved shaped design, and the company moved away from the plastic design to a fabric design.

Finally, Amazon also announced a revamped version of the Echo Plus, which combines the functionality of an Echo speaker with a smart hub. Obviously, the point is to provide better bass while listening to music and other audio.

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Echo Link AmpEcho Link Amp is ready to take on Sonos. They cost $200, and $300, respectively. The trillion-dollar empire today announced dozens of upcoming features for its virtual assistant, the majority of which should roll out on Echo devices by year's end.

Amazon has also confirmed it is adding support for Ring video doorbells to the Show later this year, meaning users will be able to check their Show to see who is at their front door.

Finally, there's an Echo to let you see the world when you ask the Alexa platform a question, as the Echo Show is added to the Amazon's screen-based choices. In order to browse, you can use the on-screen keyboard to browse.

Inc. (AMZN.O) unveiled its vision for smart homes powered by the Alexa voice assistant, with a dizzying array of new gadgets and features for nearly every room in the house - from a microwave oven to a security camera and wall clock. And given than Alexa devices are all about connecting with each other, you can pair the 6-inch subwoofer with other Echo speakers for "dynamic" stereo sound.

The idea here is that Amazon will show you information as opposed to mere telling you it, with news, weather, a shopping list, and more found here, and it's a touchscreen as well.

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