Amazon was the first company to bet on smart speakers years ago. It was in 2014 when it began its journey in this market with the help of Amazon's virtual assistant: Alexa. Since then he has not slept at any time, which has allowed him stay as a reference in the market.
The Amazon Echo is like Spotify in streaming music. For many people, there are no smart speakers on the market, there is the Amazon Echo. The guys from Jeff Bezos, presented yesterday the renewal of the Echo range for 2019, a renewal in which we find the new Echo, Echo Flex, Echo Dot with clock and Echo Studio.
Amazon proposed years ago to enter every home in the world and at the rate it is taking if it has not already done so, it lacks little. With the new range of Echo products, Amazon is making available new product offerings and significant improvements to how Alexa works. Here we show you all the news for 2019 that Amazon has presented and are already available in Spain.
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The new Echo is the third generation Amazon Echo, a third generation that integrates new higher-quality speakers with Dolby technology and that reproduce the sound in 360º. We can link it to the 2nd generation model to obtain stereo sound, deactivate the microphone with a specific button and it is available in four colors: anthracite, indigo, light gray and dark gray.
El Amazon Echo 3rd Gen has a price of 99 euros and will hit the market on October 16.
Starting at 29 euros, the Echo Flex becomes the cheapest device that the internet shopping giant makes available to us. This device plugs directly into a socket, so it is perfect for those corners where having loose cables is a problem, such as the base room, a garage, small rooms ...
Thanks to its small size, we can place it in any corner of our home to be able at all times, through voice commands, to manage the connected devices in our home, to know the latest news ... but also has a USB port to be able to charge a smartphone or any other device.
El Echo Flex by Amazon will available from November 14, but we can already reserve it.
Echo Dot with clock
The second generation Echo Dot comes with a built-in clock. This model is one of the best sellers and now incorporates an ideal LED screen to place on the bedside table or in the kitchen where the time is displayed. The brightness level is automatically adjusted to the ambient light, so we do not have to worry about the intensity of the light if we plan to use it in our bedroom.
The rest of the functions that this second generation offers us are the same as the first, so we can ask for the current temperature, the latest news, to start the coffee maker, to deactivate the alarm ... Echo Dot with watch is available for 69,99 euros and will hit the market on October 16, although we can already reserve it.
The Echo Studio is the rAmazon's response to both Apple's HomePod as well as the different models that Sonos makes available to us. The Echo Studio is comprised of 5 directional speakers designed to create rich, clear and nuanced sound. At the bottom, we find a powerful bass port that thanks to its 133mm woofer offers a maximum power of 330 W.
It incorporates a 24-bit DAC and a 100 kHz amplifier band for lossless high-fidelity music playback. Like Apple's HomePod, the Echo Studio automatically recognizes the acoustics of the space it is in and adjusts the audio playback to deliver the best sound at all times.
The Echo Studio is the first smart speaker to Delivers an immersive, three-dimensional audio experience thanks to Sony's Dolby Atmos and 360 Reality Audio technology, making it ideal for syncing with one or more devices to the Fire TV to reproduce audio with multi-channel sound compatible with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio 5.1 and stereo audio format.
The price of Echo Studio It is 199 euros and will hit the market on November 7, although like the rest of the models, we can already reserve it.
New Alexa Features
The assistant of the Amazon Echo, Alexa, has also received new functions that will make this assistant, one of the family.
- Know whisper. From now on, when we ask Alexa in a low voice, she will answer us with the same tone of voice, so as not to wake up our family.
- Explain the answers. Surely on more than one occasion, Alexa has taken an action or responded in a way that we did not expect. Thanks to the improvements introduced by Amazon, we will be able to ask Alexa why she has responded like this, what she has understood or why she has taken a certain action. This feature will improve the performance of the personal assistant and will be available at the end of the year.
- Delete voice recordings. This summer, controversy arose about the operation of ALL voice assistants, since all companies save pieces of conversations to analyze them when the assistant has not understood them. In this way, attendees expand the methods their knowledge to quickly understand the communications with their interlocutors. Starting at the end of the year, we will be able to ask Alexa to remove automatic recording of voice recordings and transcripts older than 3-18 months on a continuous basis.
The Echo family reaches other devices
During the event, Apple not only presented the new devices that I mentioned above, which are the only ones that are currently available in Spain, but also took a step further and Expands the range of Alexa-managed devices with a wireless headset, ring, router, and glasses. These devices currently have no scheduled release date outside the United States.
The Echo Buds is Amazon's bet on the world of assistant-managed wireless headphones. With an autonomy of 5 hours and a charging case that offers 20 more hours of autonomy, they become an excellent option to consider and that They compete directly with Apple's AirPods and Samsung's Galaxy Buds.
In addition, they are compatible with Siri and Google Assistant by tapping one of the headphones while Alexa is activated by voice commands. They have a noise cancellation system designed by Bose and are priced at $ 129.
Thanks to this ring, which is linked to a smartphone, we can give instructions to Alexa without having to use the smartphone, it is made of titanium and also incorporates a small speaker with which you can answer our requests or send us notifications. The price of these glasses is $ 99,99 and can only be accessed through an invitation
Google Glass was a good idea that didn't have a happy ending, mainly due to the built-in camera. The Echo Framde from Amazon are glasses that they incorporate a microphone that allow us to instruct the Amazon assistant. In addition, thanks to Open Ear technology we can listen to notifications or our favorite music without anyone else noticing.
The price of these glasses is $ 179,99 and can only be accessed through an invite just like the Echo Loop.