With the launch of the Echo Show, Amazon has announced a new calling and messaging feature coming soon, that will let you make and receive calls, as well as send messages between Echo devices and the Amazon Alexa app for iOS and Android. It's now available on the Amazon site for pre-order with a price tag of $229.99, which is about €210.
The Echo Show has everything a "normal" Echo smart speaker boasts, including the always-listening microphone array and Alexa virtual assistant built-in.
Amazon will be adding another device to its Echo line and it is called the Echo Show. It can also show you weather reports or news briefings.
Mixing in the Echo's speakers voice controlled capabilities with a digital display, the Echo Show looks reminiscent of a device from a 70s sci-fi show and perhaps lacks the simple ergonomics and design of the original Echo or that of its rival Google Home. No other video call apps work yet, but it's possible it may be updated to work with Skype or Google Duo in the future.
"Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things".
You can use Amazon's new service to connect with any contact that has enabled Alexa calling on their Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show or the Alexa app. The Echo Show is going to be available from June 28th and the price is set at $230, with pre-ordering starting today.
The Echo Show has been priced at $ 229.99 (Rs 20,000 approx) for a single unit and $ 359.98 (Rs 23,000 approx) for two, which is a decent price.
Alexa carries out more tasks and will continue to learn for better use, Amazon said. This marks the fourth installment of the e-commerce giant in the Echo series, which made its debut in 2014 and is the first touch-screen enabled Echo product.
How do I use Amazon Alexa calling and messaging? They can also stream music on Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and more. Alexa will understand the customer's speech, convert it to the directive, and show the video from the requested camera. The Show will also be able to play content from YouTube and other applications on the internet.