Amazon steps into the premium home audio game with the Echo Sub

Amazon steps into the premium home audio game with the Echo Sub

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And it's expanded its skillset in relation to streaming services, so you can ask Alexa to follow certain artists, say, and when they have a new album it will notify you. For Whisper Mode, an Alexa product can tell if you whisper to it and it will reply in a whisper voice. A new feature called Alexa Hunches will analyze patterns and alert you when things change. In addition to that, the company will be showcasing its 2018 flagship phones, second-generation Pixel Buds, a pair of new Chromebooks, and more. When you enable Guard, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts about the sound of glass-breaking, smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide alarms detected in your home.

The company also introduced Echo Input, an Echo device without a speaker that will allow people to use Alexa from multiple rooms.

Seriously, there's a lot going on.

The refreshed Amazon Echo Show has a more streamlined look than the original, ditching the speaker bar below the screen for just a front-facing display lined by thinner bezels.

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Amazon steps into the premium home audio game with the Echo Sub

Available starting today for $49.99. Just like the AmazonBasics Microwave, the Echo Wall Clock uses Bluetooth to connect to a customer's Echo device. If you want to know the weather, Google Assistant will throw up some graphics to go with it.

Amazon shipped 2.2 million and 1.4 million Echo Dot and Echo speakers, respectively. This is perhaps the biggest upgrade, with the 2nd gen Echo Show boasting a larger 10.1-inch HD touchscreen and improved audio with dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator, and Dolby processing. Still no word from Amazon if it can access YouTube videos natively.

'We want you to have access to Alexa everywhere-in your kitchen, in your living room, in your office, and more, ' said Jorrit Van der Meulen, vice president of Amazon devices global. The outlet is $25 and will be available in October. Its speakers have been moved to the rear, under nondescript fabric. It can deduce if you're at home, then unlock your door and turn your house's lights on if you have a smart door and smart lights connected to it.

To give your existing Echo speaker a deeper range, Amazon announced Echo Sub.

According to the product description, the Amazon Echo Sub is a 110W 6-inch subwoofer.

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