Google Takes On Amazon, Lenovo In Smart Display Space

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The new Echo Dot will cost £49.99 and has been given an improved speaker, resulting in audio playing up to 70% louder, Amazon said.

The event is live right now and is in the U.S. to bring you full updates as they happen and here's what's been announced so far. All of which have upgraded sound specs and fancy fabric-covered designs. Given that the sound quality of the original Echo has been something of a talking point amongst audiophiles, this is probably good news, though we'd temper it with the fact that if they get it wrong, this could be very expensive turd-polishing exercise. Yup, it's a subwoofer that can pair to your Amazon Echo, up to 2 to be exact. It's the first gadget to ship with Wi-Fi Simple Setup, which helps get new devices onto nearby Wi-Fi networks quickly.

The 12.5cm-tall Input simply connects to an existing speaker via a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth to gift it voice functionality. Amazon released a wide range of electronics ranging from speakers to clocks, all powered by Alexa.

ZDNet's sister site CNET will have a liveblog following all of the details of Amazon's announcements. The small disc-shaped speaker has "a brand new mic array that gives it better performance". It serves only to "et you control music selection, volume, and multi-room playback on your stereo with your Echo or the Alexa app". Dubbed Echo Input, the adapter comes with microphones on-board but lacks any speaker output.

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Those other Smart Displays, however, were built by the likes of JBL and Lenovo, whereas the Google Home Hub is the first to come straight out of Google.

Why a microwave? It's "the most popular appliance that's out there today", according to Amazon, but also "one of the hardest devices to integrate with".

Echo Plus now includes an embedded temperature sensor, so you can set temperature-based routines using other smart home devices. It can deduce if you're at home, then unlock your door and turn your house's lights on if you have a smart door and smart lights connected to it.

The Echo Show launched a year ago and brings a screen to the Alexa speaker family. According to the latest quarterly report, Google Home Mini was the world's best-selling smart speaker in Q2 2018.

Users can use the Echo Show as a hub for Zigbee-connecting smart devices.

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