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Amazon announces Echo Show, pairing Alexa with a display

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This new Echo looks to enhance the versatility of the Alexa voice assistant amid mounting pressure from rivals like the Google Home and the just-unveiled Harmon Invoke, a smart speaker powered by Microsoft's Cortana.

Amazon has finally debuted the latest version of its popular line of home automation devices, Echo, after months of speculation.

The Echo Show can be hooked up to Wi-Fi enabled cameras so that it can show the feeds when asked by the user. We'll have more in a bit on Alexa voice calls (with messaging too). It offers a way to make and receive calls that you can operate with only your voice.

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So what does Echo Show do? The company then followed it by introducing the smaller Amazon Echo Dot, called the Echo Tap. Pre-order starts from today for $229.99 and will be shipped at June 28. YouTube videos, lyrics for the songs you love - those are among the things you can see on the screen.

Another feature called "Drop In" lets your friends, uh, drop in on your Echo Show's screen to basically say "what's up?" There's also noise-cancellation built in, so the Show can hear your commands while playing music from its pair of 5cm speakers. The Huawei Mate 9 features an Alexa app, and certain next-gen Moto handsets will also feature the personal assistant. An important new addition is also the ability to make voice or video calls to other users who have an Echo device or the Alexa app. Turn on lights, control thermostats and more with WeMo, Philips Hue, ecobee, and other compatible smart home devices. The device allows people to use their voice, and Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, to get answers to questions, turn on lights, order goods from Amazon.com, and request an Uber vehicle for pickup.

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