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Amazon launches Echo Spot, an Alexa-powered alarm clock

Amazon launches Echo Spot, an Alexa-powered alarm clock”

TechCrunch claims that one service Google engineers are particularly keen on is Netflix, though simply having YouTube would be a step up from what the Echo Show has to offer.

Business Insider's Matt Weinberger got some hands-on time with all the new devices, which replace and refresh some older Echo models while also adding brand-new members to the Echo family.

The low-cost Echo Dot has become the biggest hit in the Echo line so far, with the black model now the second top-selling electronics product on Amazon and the white model in the fifth slot.

The updated and redesigned Echo boasts improved audio quality and uses an all-new far-field technology.

This week Amazon boosted its Echo line up to nine specific devices, perceivably filling the need for every possible use case. Google is trying to catch up with Amazon, which created the smart speaker market when it unveiled the Echo in 2014. The Verge goes on to explain that YouTube on Amazon's smart screen device doesn't include YouTube features such as subscriptions, next video recommendations, autoplay, and so on - a lack of these features would violate the YouTube API TOS.

Are there already too many of these devices on the market?

In this way, Google would enter to compete not only with the Amazon Echo Show but also with another device of similar characteristics in which Facebook is also working. This is quite a powerful box which lets you place your phone calls to landlines or stores your contacts numbers to Amazon Echo. Other companies such as Roku and Google sell streaming devices at comparable or even lower prices than Fire TV.

Also announced this week was the Amazon Echo Plus, a speaker that's much more similar in appearance to the original 1st generation Amazon Echo.

Google would rather exclusively support it on its own device. Those alliances with automakers still might not be enough keep Amazon and Alexa competitive with Google and Apple outside the home, given the software made by those two power most of the smartphones in the world. Though it seems it will end up getting released in 2018 as it's already the end of 2017 nearly.

According to sources speaking to TechCrunch, Google is working on its own Echo Show competitor.



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