Amazon gives voice-enabled speaker a screen, video calling

Amazon gives voice-enabled speaker a screen, video calling

Amazon has just announced the Echo Show, which will enable video calling through a dedicated touchscreen, but that doesn't mean owners of previous generation Echo units are missing out on a little communication. Alexa Show also displays lyrics on-screen with Amazon Music. You can stream YouTube videos, photos and other visual contents using its decent screen.

Thought the device was just unveiled, you'll have to wait until June 28 to get your hands on it.

Introducing a new way to be together. See the product page on Amazon for more information. In addition to everything that Alexa can already do, the Echo Show will also play videos and facilitate video calling. With the Show, the company announced video calling for the device as well as free voice calling and messaging on the Alexa platform to all Echo devices, as well as the Alexa app, which can be used on iOS and Android. All you have to do is ask.

Though if the speakers are cute, the eight microphones the Echo Show is connected to uses "beam-forming technology" and "noise cancellation" to hear you no matter where in the house you are, even if music is playing. The Amazon Echo Show allows you to connect with your friends in a more appealing manner. You can control lights, adjust the thermostat, view camera feeds, and it does seem to do things that are helpful and that were not possible on the Echo speaker because of the lack of a touchscreen. And by making Alexa, and Echo devices, more of a central component of people's homes, the retailer is helping to ensure that the fast-moving train of third-party Alexa "skills"-which improve on the Echo devices' capabilities-continues". For example, a user can drop in to check on an elderly relative, let the family know it's time for dinner, or check on the baby in the nursery.

It's a similar process to send messages, and if you've sent text messages from your phone using Siri, Google Assistant or Cortana, there isn't anything new to learn. Alexa calling and messaging is freeĀ—to get started download the Alexa App.