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Does Alphabet Inc (GOOGL) Have An Echo Show Killer In the Works?

01 October 2017, 12:31 | Dawn Berry

Google developing an Amazon Echo Show competitor: Report

Amazon announces new Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Spot

The Echo Spot is the younger sibling to the Echo Show that offers video-calling and streaming facilities.

The last of the new batch, the Echo Button is a set of tiny button shaped similar to Echo Dot to let you control Echo devices with greater force.

In addition, the device has also seen improvements made to its speakers and microphone technology, so it should not only sound better but will also be able to hear your voice more clearly.

The low-cost Echo Dot has become the biggest hit in the Echo line so far, with the black model now the second top-selling electronics product on Amazon and the white model in the fifth slot.

The Amazon Echo Show is a smart speaker powered by Alexa that comes with a small screen to allow users to watch videos. Code-named Manhattan, it would take on the Echo Show directly.

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The bit about YouTube is interesting, considering that Google just this week pulled the video-sharing service from Echo Show devices, a move Amazon said is "disappointing and hurts both of our customers". The company might be considering doling out new products to stay relevant versus Amazon, which has released a slew of new Echo devices lately. Reports have revealed that Amazon is leading the race, with Google following close behind with a rumored device that is meant to compete with the Echo Show. To arrive at its conclusion, CIRP surveyed 300 Amazon Echo or Google Home device owners in the United States. The lineup includes second-gen Echo speakers, new Echo Plus, the Echo Spot smart alarm clock, and Echo Buttons.

The company revealed newly designed, shorter Echo, giving the device its first major upgrade after introducing it almost three years ago. Your Phone number will still be tied to calls so recipients can recognize you. The device will only be available in December, with pre-orders already being accepted for a price of $130.

Amazon said the decision came as a total surprise without any explanation or notification. Smart home camera support on Fire TV now works on a range of devices from companies including Arlo, Ring, Nest, and August.

Echo Spot will be available in the United Kingdom and Germany early next year. All the models released by mid 2018 in the United States, United Kingdom and Germany would be Alexa compatible.

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