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Amazon frowns as Google switched off YouTube support from Echo Show

Amazon frowns as Google switched off YouTube support from Echo Show”

Then there is the Echo Spot, a small, alarm-clock-like version of the Echo that comes with a circular screen.

The all-new Amazon Echo and Echo will also be available at retailers including Argos, Dixons, John Lewis and Tesco.

The new Echo is smaller than its predecessor and benefits from a dedicated bass tweeter. That cloth cover can be replaced a la Google Home, with six options to choose from including natural wood veneer. The device comes with the company's "second-generation far-field microphones", according to Dave Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices.

Additionally, if you pick-up the new Amazon Echo Connect, you'll be able to place calls and receive them. It operates using landline or VoIP phone service - plugging into a phone jack or VoIP adapter - and lets Alexa call members of a contact list. This is obviously a direct upgrade to make the Echo more appealing to people possibly considering Apple's forthcoming HomePod (and Google is also trying to do this).

The New Amazon Echo will be priced at $99 -considerably less than the original's $179 introductory price and $50 less than Google Home.

Additionally, it can make free calls to the United States, Canada, and Mexico. "I would give the show 4 stars IF it had YouTube again (wasn't that one of the selling points???)", said one reviewer, who rated the Echo Show at two out of five stars.

Additionally, Amazon says Echo voice calling is rolling out in the United Kingdom and Germany next year.

The device features a seven-inch display and can be used to display weather and news info as well as video playback.

It is available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.co.uk/echo and will start shipping next month.

And with its built-in smart home hub, Echo Plus makes connecting to compatible smart home devices easy. With the Echo Plus, the user can control the lights, cameras, and other smart products in their home. Many details of the Fire TV update had leaked before, including a form factor that's somewhere between a HDMI stick and a square box. Under the hood, the device is powered by an Amlogic Quad-core 1.5GHz processor and Mali450 MP3 GPU, along with 2GB of memory, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and 8 GB of storage.

The report suggests that - not surprisingly given the touchscreen - this will sit at the very top of Amazon's Echo range with a price of more than $200. As of now, all these products are limited to the Western market and don't expect them to launch in India anytime soon.



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