Facebook is preparing to introduce smart display

Amazon has launched a slew of new Alexa-powered devices.

During Amazon's big hardware announcement, they revealed the Echo Auto would run a real-time OS from Amazon. Created to accompany these products is a new line called Echo Companions that comprise of the Echo Link, Echo Link Amp, Echo Input and Echo Sub.

Amazon Smart Plug is a new accessory that adds Alexa functionality to "dumb" electronics.

Third-gen Echo Dot: The popular budget Echo Dot device received an upgrade, making it 70-75 per cent louder than its predecessor and it comes with a fabric exterior, available in three colour options - charcoal, heather grey and sandstone. Having a Prime membership can also save you monthly on an Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

Rumors have been flying about since the middle of 2017 that Facebook is building a smart speaker with a large touchscreen to rival Amazon's Echo Show.

After you tell Alexa you're leaving the house, Alexa Guard turns on - and it listens for the sounds of someone breaking into the house, or smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.

Users will soon be able to have two-way conversations and thus answer their Doorbell easily with the help of the Alexa Doorbell which will be rolled out to Smart Home Cameras later this year. Facebook employees have been testing the device in their homes for months and have shown Portal to major retailers.

And, you if want an Echo with a viewable screen, the refreshed Echo Show now offers better sound and a 10-inch display. The voice assistant will soon be able to intercept with your email and reply you when you ask "Alexa, do I have emails from Chris".

And, in case you are wondering, yes, Amazon Echo devices can, indeed, already make and receive calls and even message. The Echo Input has been priced $35.

Amazon's Echo Link plugs into your existing stereo system bringing the ability to stream music services; the unit has analog, optical, coax, 3.5mm audio jack, and sub-woofer line-outs along with analog, optical, and coax line-ins.

"Amazon is doubling down on its strategy of integrating Alexa far and wide into appliances, consumer electronics and cars", CCS Insight research vice president Geoff Blaber said at the event. It covers the camera when idle to assure that tracking has stopped. Includes Echo Auto Dash Mount. Both models are available in three colours and keep the same prices as the previous-generation - $69.99 for the Echo Dot and $199.99 for the Echo Plus.

The device works in vehicles with and without a Bluetooth connection. Its digital antenna allows you to view content wherever you might be.

  • Arturo Norris