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The current Echo Dot model

Finally, there's the new brand new Echo Sub.

Moving to Amazon Echo Wall Clock, it will act as an Echo companion device and comes with the Bluetooth to pair to Echo device. The device will cost $49 eventually, but for now it is invite only and will cost $24.99. And with seven microphones, beam-forming technology, and noise cancellation, Amazon said the new Echo Plus should be able to hear you from any direction - even while music is playing. The screen takes up most of the Echo Show's front, and angles down the rear for a stylish, trapezoidal look. But the Amazon Smart Plug is naturally very compatible with Alexa, giving it that extra bump in easy convenience smart home tech thrives on. $25. About two-thirds of smart speaker users in the USA will use an Amazon Echo this year, compared to less than 30 percent who will use a Google Home, according to EMarketer Inc. A new feature called Alexa Hunches will analyze patterns and alert you when things change. There will be an Alexa-powered microwave oven ("Alexa, pop some popcorn") and an Echo speaker created to go in cars.

That's right, Amazon is turning your house into its own echo chamber. According to David Limp, the senior vice president of Amazon Devices, the ubiquitous microwave was long overdue for an upgrade. It will be rolling out related some software updates to Echo users over the next few weeks. It will say, "you left the porch light on".

Image credit The Verge
Image credit The Verge

The Echo Dot for kids, announced in May, is getting even more kid friendly. It's also adding a combination of commands. Additionally, users can ask Alexa to turn on the air conditioning or heating automatically when the room reaches a set temperature. Google had shipped 2.3 million units of the Google Home Mini globally while Amazon had shipped 2.2 million units of Echo Dot during Q2 2018. The first physical design, a matte black cylinder, was uninspired, but the always-on speaker and Alexa resonated with consumers. Above that is a 5MP camera supporting high-definition video calls, and sometime soon, they'll be able to make Skype calls with the device.

In reference to the latter question, the microwave provides an opportunity for Amazon to try out a new developer's toolkit and to do what the online retailer does best - sell you stuff. This would be similar to Google's Smart Displays, which also run a special interface of Google Assistant - another version was also leaked for the "Pixel Stand" dock leaked earlier this month.

Already have a speaker you love? A 7in touchscreen will display information, sitting above a speaker that follows the same design aesthetic as the Google Home Max.