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Amazon sweeps US market for voice-controlled speakers

Amazon sweeps US market for voice-controlled speakers

It is unclear if the new Echo device will have that functionality included.

Tuesday's launch of the Echo Show is Amazon's latest effort to make Alexa a key part of its customers' lives and dominate the nascent voice-powered computing market. The original device, simply called Echo, is now on sale for $150.

Images have surfaced purporting to show off a new Amazon Echo featuring a built-in touchscreen, tipped to be announced by the company in the coming weeks.

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Asking Alexa to voice-control your Hue lights is one of the best things about being alive in 2017, but having a screenless voice assistant is less useful when it comes to security cams and baby monitors. So if you ask it for a weather forecast you'll get a graphic representation as well as a spoken reply.

Amazon's own services will also feature prominently, including streaming shows and movies through Amazon Video and displaying lyrics to songs played through Amazon Music. Neither the Look nor the Tap will handle calls.

The newly unveiled Amazon Echo Show smart speaker has another interesting feature beside the very obvious touch screen.

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Of course, you'll also be able to watch movie trailers and YouTube tutorials for fixing your DIY disaster. The Echo and Echo Dot lack screens and cameras, so calls will be limited to audio. Instead, the device is built so that the screen angles upward slightly. We'll reserve judgement until we've auditioned it next to our Sonos Play:1. As with other Echo products, users can initiate all this with voice commands.

The device appears to feature a front-facing camera situated above the display, indicating that the new Amazon Echo may feature video calls. So, not quite the impulse buy of the original Echo, but a small premium to pay for total smarthome dominance.

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