Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Amazon’s Echo Dot Gets Better Audio & New Look

Amazon’s Echo Dot Gets Better Audio & New Look

Your living room was only the beginning for Alexa.

Its most popular smart speaker, the Echo Dot, has gotten a complete overhaul. So much of smart home tech is just intelligently knowing when to turn something on and off, so adding some brains to the conduit that provides power just makes sense. Apple and Microsoft have also tried to get into the smart speaker game.

At a previously-unannounced event, Amazon debuted a slew of new Alexa-based products Thursday, including a re-designed Echo Dot, a smart plug, and an Alexa-enabled microwave. It will launch later this year.

Amazon also announced the Echo Sub, a wireless subwoofer that can be used with an Echo speaker. It will be available later this month.

Next is the Echo Link.

If you're into heavy bass, the Echo Sub, comes with a subwoofer to enhance low-ends in music playback on Echo devices. A small black rectangular device with microphones, it mounts on top of the dashboard.

For example, it's made Alexa location aware.

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Sensors onboard include accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, RGB light sensor, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. The dimensions of this model measure 41.9×45.7×12.7mm and it weighs 49 grams while supporting 22mm interchangeable straps.

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Amazon is making it easier to turn old stereos into smart speakers with its new Echo Input. You can now navigate to YouTube on the Show's browsers. To keep its insane up in the country the company has introduced a new line-up of Echo devices and an Echo companion.

Amazon announced 15 new Alexa-enabled products on Thursday, including a microwave, a clock, an amplifier and vehicle gadgets.

According to Amazon during a recent hardware event showcase, company executives announced that its opening up its communications API to their party apps.

That means you can ask Alexa to do things like set alarms and timers - and the lines on the clock will illuminate as the time progresses. Want a wall clock ($30) to really tells you when you're running out of time? Like the microwave, the clock doesn't have its own microphones. But really it's for adding Echo (and therefore Alexa) functionality to existing speakers you know and love. $35. It ships later this year. While it keeps the Bluetooth and 3.5mm inputs for sound, it gets a new, louder speaker that delivers better output and looks far more elegant.

That said, if it's good, it'll be a damn site cheaper than the Google Home Max we recently reviewed with a rumoured price tag of £75. Those devices, Limp said, were retooled to improve sound quality. The Echo Dot will continue to cost $50. Yes, everyone's go-to appliance for reheating, defrosting, and other adventures is getting a 2018 update complete with Alexa voice support. It will be rolling out some related software updates to Echo users over the next few weeks. Users will be able to say "Alexa, call Jimmy on Skype", or to say "Alexa, answer" when a Skype call comes in.

More Echos make sense for the company.

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