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Amazon unveils new devices, upgrades

Amazon unveils new devices, upgrades

The Echo Link and Link Amp are for more serious listening.

The new Echo dot has Echo Plus feature that has got clearer speaker with smart sound and enhanced bass and internal temperature sensors. The Echo Auto will be available to start on an invite basis for US$24.99 before expanding to all customers and jumping in price to US$49.99. When you activate the system by saying "Alexa, I'm leaving", your speakers can listen for the sound of breaking glass, or the distinct tones of your smoke or carbon-monoxide detectors, and then send out alerts. New capabilities include entertainment features like stereo-pairing, TIDAL support, as well as Amazon Music new release notifications.

Given its small size, the Dot can be placed nearly anywhere around the home, and can also be used as a smart extension for existing speakers, which it can connect to via Bluetooth or audio cable. It pairs with Echo speakers for either a 1.1 speaker setup (one speaker, one woofer) or a 2.1 setup (two speakers, one woofer).

Amazon also revealed significant upgrades to existing products. The Echo Dot is Amazon's most popular version of its Echo devices.

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The new five devices launched in Amazon India website are Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Input, Echo Plus, and Echo Sub. You can pre-order the Echo Dot now and it will go on sale next month.

Amazon rolled out a total of nine new developer tools during the event, where a total of 13 new devices were also introduced. Amazon is tapping into this largely untouched market by introducing the new Echo Auto. This will help you get better audio quality and what Amazon described as room-filling sound from your Echo speakers.

The very new (tiny) Echo Input is meant to be plugged into speakers you already own.

It also comes with new dual speakers for better audio output. The new Amazon Echo Show features a redesigned look and 10-inch High Definition display. It also features an all-new fabric design and is available in Charcoal, Heather Gray, and Sandstone paint jobs. If you're just hanging out in your living room and want to place a Skype call to the "old country", this new partnership will allow you to do that. Also, Echo Plus is the same old Echo Plus devices launched in past years, but with a fabric covering. "Alexa, dim the lights and play seductive music" we say.


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