Amazon Pulls A WTF Move With Alexa Microwave And Echo Wall Clock

Joanna Estrada
September 24, 2018

Called Alexa Plug, it's simply used to plug into the home devices and you can control them using your voice.

Amazon has announced five new Echo products for India at its Alexa-focused event in Seattle.

Amazon's latest range of smart home devices have been met with a positive reception by industry experts, who say it confirms the company's place at the top of the smart home market.

Amazon just announced the addition of four new audio products in its Echo lineup. And it added the Echo Sub and the $299.99 (226 pounds) Echo Link Amp, focused on creating better entertainment systems for the home.

The new Echo Show features a 10-inch HD screen, offering twice the display area as the original, plus improved sound quality, for the same $229.99 price.

Enter Echo Auto, Amazon's big play to turn your dumb vehicle into a smart one. It is also possible to pair it with two of the same Echo smart speakers for rich right/left stereo sound.

The flurry of new products shows Amazon is working to make ubiquitous its voice-controlled assistant Alexa, which powers the Echo devices. Undeniably, this is the best Alexa device when it comes to hearing your voice.

We already know that Amazon is looking to kill the Alexa Skill as we know it, and these new smarts will help evolve the assistant into more of a conversationalist. Considered together, the Echo Dot and Home Mini account for well over a third of the total smart speaker shipments in the second quarter of 2018. Not just that, the company announced a Skype app for the device that will allow users to make video calls directly on the Show offering the same "drop-in" video chat capabilities as past year. Amazon has also added new features that make more sense with Alexa on the go.

In fact, Amazon is boasting that its new speaker is 70 percent louder than its predecessor. The new Echo Dot is a much-enhanced version of the previous generation Dot. The listing reveals the prices and the key features of the devices as well. The Echo Show has had on-demand services for some time but now Hulu is bringing their live TV streaming service to Amazon's newest Echo Show. If you want to talk to the microwave you do so via a nearby Echo speaker - it can be any of the new models announced today, or an existing model - referring to it as "microwave" or whatever shortcut name you choose to set up.

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