Amazon Just Launched Bunch Of New Echo Devices

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That changes today, as Amazon has just announced a smaller, second generation Echo. This should make it much easier to hook up all those disperate smart home gadgets, without needing additional standalone hubs for each service.

Amazon announced several new devices that work with the digital assistant Alexa. It is claimed to improve sound on Echo's 360-degree speaker along with Dolby sound and gets a dedicated bass tweeter.

The same design as original, tall Amazon Echo, the Plus discovers items such as smart light bulbs and other devices and quickly adds them to a user's smart home group.

If you're still a fan of the original Echo, do not fear. According to a report from The Verge, YouTube is no longer available on Amazon's smart home, touchscreen-toting speaker (or as we like to call such devices, computer). The Echo Plus has a new silver finish alongside black and grey. If you want to add additional devices to your set-up, they'll be just $50 (awaiting United Kingdom bundle details).

When it comes to Amazon's Echo products, they seem to be trying to cover as many bases as possible. The Amazon Echo Spot is a small smart speaker with a round 2.5-inch display. These features include (among others) the ability to make video calls, watch the news and even the ability to connect the Spot with your home security cameras. Both devices are available for pre-order now and will begin shipping in October.

Drivers will also be able to access the thousands of skills already made available for Alexa, except within the comforts of their vehicle. The buttons will cost $20 for a pack of two, and will be released during the upcoming holiday season. All you have to do is press the Alexa option to access the voice assistant within the Amazon Music app and start giving it voice commands.

The Echo Connect is compatible with the Echo (1st Gen.), Echo (2nd Gen.), Echo Dot (1st Gen.), Echo Dot (2nd Gen.), Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Echo Plus.

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