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Amazon adding free Alexa calling and messaging to Echo devices

Amazon adding free Alexa calling and messaging to Echo devices

The Amazon Echo Show was revealed today for $230 Dollars and with all the fancy features of voice assistant Alexa and more.

While the video calling feature isn't necessarily groundbreaking, it does open up a new realm of opportunity for the device and its mass market appeal. Or ask Alexa to play a video and the device will start playing YouTube on the display. This essentially enables customers to work on a number of things like attending video and voice calls, that too with other Echo devices. The images will then pop up directly on the screen, giving users perhaps the friendliest way ever to monitor their security cams. The new voice activated speaker can now also be used for making video calls.

Amazon's Echo Show is available to pre-order today in your choice of black or white at a price of $229.99. That front facing camera packs 5MP of resolution, so it's not going to be that different from using the one on your phone.

Amazon confirmed rumours of a touchscreen Echo with the launch of Echo Show. A new feature called "Dropping In" also offers a more casual way to make calls.




The new Echo Show goes on sale on June 28 for $230. Known officially as the Echo Show, the device is identical to what leaked out ahead of time complete with touchscreen interface and Alexa voice calling.

Just last month, Amazon announced another entry in its line of Echo products, a hands-free style assistant called Echo Look.

Like the Echo speakers, Echo Show includes Amazon's "far-field" microphones and noise canceling technology, allowing the device to pick up your commands from anywhere in the room.

It also integrates with a range of other smart home devices to act as a central hub to control everything in your house. The device allows people to use their voice, and Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, to get answers to questions, turn on lights, order goods from Amazon.com, and request an Uber vehicle for pickup.


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