Amazon's Echo Show gives Alexa a face quite literally

The company also added Alexa voice control support to iPhone earlier this year and expanded the reach of its voice assistant to LG's new smart refrigerator. Another feature, which will only be available on the Echo Show, will allow folks to "Drop In", or suddenly appear on your Echo Show device.

Amazon's Alexa assistant is now only talking to you, but you will soon be able to have Alexa reach out and touch someone else.

It's due out in the U.S. on 28 June for $229.99 (around £175) and can be pre-ordered from Amazon's website. Here's the Echo Show, an Echo with a touchscreen and camera. Any Alexa skills will automatically be available on Echo Show.

In addition to live calls, Alexa will also have the ability to record and send voice messages to your contacts, or store them locally for other people in your home to listen to later.

The most important part of the Echo Show is the video and voice calls.

So what does Echo Show do? Your Echo will need a Wi-Fi connection to make calls, but the service is free and doesn't require a phone line. Being able to quickly and easily pull up Youtube videos while getting ready in the morning or pulling up song lyrics through Amazon Music are a few of the first things that jump out. The device is tuned to pick up commands and requests using eight microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation.

It's not clear if third-party Alexa devices will be included in the voice calling and messaging network. The more you use Alexa, the more she adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. When it comes to the video calling feature, consumers will be enabled to call anyone with an Echo device or a smartphone which has the Alexa app installed.

  • Arturo Norris