Amazon updates Echo lineup, now smaller and cheaper


The Echo Connect is a new Alexa accessory that allows users to turn their Echo into a hands-free speakerphone for their existing landline or VoIP home phone service, enabling users to call contacts and answer incoming calls through voice commands. And now the e-commerce giant is taking its investment in its Echo lineup even further.

The 2nd generation of Echo speaker has a brand new design - a more stylish one in our opinion that suits home better. The new range of Echo speakers includes the "all-new" Echo and the Echo Plus, both powered by Amazon's Alexa intelligent assistant.

The new set of products will benefit Amazon to gain widespread consumer base for Echo and Alexa product.

And despite all of the updated tech inside, the Echo Plus still costs less than the first-generation Echo, selling for just $149.

Apple, Microsoft and Samsung are all well behind Google and Amazon, but especially Amazon, which has perhaps a 75 percent market share of the smart speaker market today. The new Echo is shorter and more compact. That seems to be the case with the newest member of their family, the Echo Spot. Amazon's old Fire TV was a squarish box created to sit near your TV like a cable box. The collection includes the 2nd-Generation Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Connect, and Echo Spot. Here is a look at the most important new devices announced. It has 2.5-inch display to provide visual information.

Yesterday, at a pre-emptive event in Seattle, Amazon introduced new Alexa devices to keep its lead in the battle for the smart home. It's available for pre-order in the U.S. with a price tag of $69.99.

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The Echo Connect will cost $34.99 and will be available on 13 December.

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You can order your Fire TV now, and it will ship on October 25. "Amazon has the momentum in the smart speaker and voice assistant space". The difference is that the Plus model comes in Silver finish, Black and White colour options. You can take advantage of the 3.5mm audio output and connect it to something more substantial if you want superior sound. Then, there are the Echo Buttons - a set of fairly basic press-buttons that talk to Echo devices and act as game controls and various other bits. Echo device sales were seven times higher on Prime Day 2017 than on Prime Day 2016.

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An Echo Dot allows you to control the Fire TV by saying "Alexa" into thin air. That's right - they think these 10 stocks are even better buys. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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