Amazon's New Echo Will Come With Major New Features

Amazon has announced a new smart speaker called the Echo Show, which combines its Alexa voice assistant with a 7-inch touch screen and video calling capabilities.

Amazon notes that all of these voice features will work across Echo devices, so you can use an Echo Dot to call someone with an Echo or Echo Show, and vice versa.

The new Echo Show will cost you around $229 and will be available in black and white colour variants. Apple is also reportedly working on an Echo rival. Alexa will be able to hear all voice commands, as long as its woken up by saying, "Alexa", "Amazon", "Echo" or "Computer". This functionality actually allows you to connect with other Echo Show users even when the person on the other side may not even accept the call.

If you aren't ready to upgrade to an Echo Show, voice calling features will be rolling out to the full Echo lineup soon.

The Echo Show is officially released on June 28, but it can be pre-ordered today.

A new version of Echo includes a screen and the ability for users to make Internet-based phone calls, according to a Wall Street Journal report on Monday. The original Amazon Echo launched in 2014.

Some criticized the look of the Echo Show when the leaked images hit the net. Order two and you can save $100 on your purchase by using the coupon code SHOW2PACK.

Amazon's new Echo Show will help Amazon continue to dominate the voice-controlled speaker market in the U.S. The Echo now is leading the market share with about 71% of the sales and the Home as well as the upcoming speaker from Microsoft should give it a tough year ahead to maintain the share.

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