The next-generation Echo Dot now features a softer fabric design and an all-new curved shape.
Naturally our interest is particularly piqued by the new audio products which we suppose marks Amazon's grand entrance into "hi-fi". Basically, you can control it via voice or manually.
The Amazon Echo Sub is available to pre-order from today priced at $129.99.
Leaked Amazon sales listings appear to detail two new Amazon Alexa powered devices: the Amazon Echo Sub and Amazon Smart Plug. Amazon also showed off new features we'll talk about tomorrow including Alexa Hunches, the aforementioned Amazon Smart Connect ecosystem and Alexa Guard, a smarter way to implement security.
A range of companion devices were also unveiled, including the Echo Sub subwoofer, which helps boost the sound produced by connected Echo smart speakers. Later this year, they'll also be able to pipe their Ring doorbell camera's feed right to the Echo Show's screen (Ring is an Amazon-owned brand nowadays).
The Strategy Analytics report for the second quarter of 2018 showed the smallest device from Google captured 20 per cent of the market with sales of 2.3 million. This device can be paired with an Echo or Echo Plus device, or if you have two Echo or Echo Plus models, you can get stereo 2.1 sound.
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The Echo Link is created to connect to a receiver or amplifier, with multiple digital and analog inputs and outputs for compatibility with your existing stereo equipment.
Amazon's voice assistant already has a significant presence in consumers' homes, thanks to the robust ecosystem of developers and manufacturers who are incorporating Alexa into their devices.
The other product spotted is the Amazon Smart Plug, which allows you to add Alexa voice control to any electrical socket.
And ... wow. Lot's to discuss here, and that's just the hardware. For example, you can ask Alexa what the weather is like in Seattle, and it'll remember you're talking about Seattle if you asked for recommended restaurants nearby.
Amazon's new Fire TV Recast add traditional OTA channels along with recording capabilities.