Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
Industry | By Faith Ward

Amazon Echo event: Here's what to expect

Amazon Echo event: Here's what to expect

And it seems the report was bang on the money.

As the smart speaker market grows more competitive, Amazon can look to its other devices to capture a greater share of the overall smart home market - and to capture consumer attention outside of the home.

Smart speakers have started to catch on this year, and Amazon's Echo is undoubtedly leading the pack.

Amazon also unveiled two new devices squarely aimed at the high-end audio crowd. Its venture into such hardware isn't completely off-piste.

The Echo Input is meant to be plugged into speakers you already own.

Apple's HomePod came in sixth with about 600,000 units sold, the same number as in the last quarter.

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The new Echo Show costs $229.99. Meanwhile, as voice control and conversational computing takes hold, Alexa is establishing a presence in offices, cars and other spaces. The listing suggests the Echo Sub will cost 75 pounds, which is around $98. It sounds like a lot of bass. It can also integrate with your phone to bring up visuals like maps. The 3rd gen Echo Dot is now available for pre-order for $49.99 ahead of its October 11th launch. There's also Dolby processing, a larger (10in) display, Firefox and Amazon's Silk browser, and an eight-mic array - Amazon's most powerful mics yet. Since dropping the price on the Apple TV previous year, the percentage of Apple customers that own an Apple TV as their media device has grown to about 20% This is just behind Amazon and Roku, which both sit at about 22-23%.

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The Echo Input: For those of you who want to give your current powered speakers Alexa capabilities, the $34.99 Echo Input is for you. Think of it as an Alexa-flavoured Chromecast Audio, then. It has an eight-microphone array created to handle background noise. "When paired with your Echo device, you can feel the music as it fills the room". The Alexa app is even adding Skype support. It will be available "soon".

The Echo Link and the Echo Link Amp: For those of you with existing in-ceiling speakers or an existing AV set up, Amazon is announcing the Link and Link Amp so you can hear Alexa over those speakers. Details of the device called the Google Home Hub have surfaced. This will seemingly offer relatively simple functionality, giving users the ability to turn off power for specific devices through the company's digital assistant.

The third option is to press the "Ask Alexa" button on the microwave.

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