Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Amazon Introduces New Echo Show With Touch Screen And Alexa Calling

We have already seen some leaked photos of Amazon's new touchscreen Alexa enabled device and now it is official and called the Amazon Echo Show.

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

As per usual with most Echo devices, you can also use it to control various features of your home, like the thermostat, lights, and other compatible smart home devices such as WeMo, Philips Hue, and ecobee.

The Amazon Echo show is now available to pre-order in the U.S. for $229.99 it will launch on the 28th of June 2017 and it comes in back and white.

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It means users can ask Alexa to "display a live feed from a particular room in the house, with the images popping up directly on the Echo Show's screen". There is also a "Drop In" feature that allows family and friends to join conversations. The speaker comes with a price tag of $229.99 (around Rs 15,000).

This touch screen makes it possible to make video calls by using the Alexa App.

Amazon is adding support for free Alexa calling and messaging to the Echo and Echo Dot.

Do you have an Amazon Echo device? The screen is 7-in and is accompanied by a five-megapixel camera and a couple of 2-in speakers. In April this year, Amazon had unveiled the Echo Look.

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If you aren't ready to upgrade to an Echo Show, voice calling features will be rolling out to the full Echo lineup soon.

The Amazon Echo seemed like a freakish device when it was announced, but it was just the first home of Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has aggressively expanded its Alexa partnerships to end up with thousands of so-called "skills".

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