Amazon together with the device announcements also detailed coming improvements to the Alexa services and privacy concerns customers have had.
The Alexa Privacy Hub can help you control your recorded information and you can now auto-delete your recordings on a rolling 3 or 18-month basis.
Concerns about when your Echo devices springs to life can be explored and explained with the new functions:
Alexa, tell me what you heard
Alexa, why did you do that?
Alexa Guard can now detect more sounds and alert you via text message. Alexa Guard is bing built into Routines and you can add to your ‘I’m Leaving’ routines. You can also stop indoor camera recording (see the new indoor camera for Ring announced) when you return home for improved privacy.
Alexa is going multi-lingual! If you speak different languages at home, Alexa will be able to understand and respond accordingly. Starting in the US with Spanish and English, Canada with French and English, and India with Hindi and English.
Custom voice packs are coming (think featured voices on Waze!) but will be purchased options at $0.99 per voice. Samuel L. Jackson was featured.
My favorite – Frustration Detection for Alexa. It’s supposed to know if you’re specifically annoyed with Alexa!! This should send a bucketload of data to help improve Alexa!!
New recipe service -Alexa will be Food Network’s exclusive voice service and recipes should be easier to access and follow on your Echo Show devices.
Drop-in on ALL – starts a group video/audio chat with all your compatible devices – annoy everyone at once.
Freetime for Echo Show devices – bringing the popular content from Fire Tablets for kids to your Echo Show devices.
Our most popular smart speaker - Now available with an LED display that can show the time, outdoor temperature, or timers. Perfect for your nightstand - Ask Alexa to set an alarm. Tap the top to snooze. The light sensor automatically adjusts the display’s brightness, day or night. Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible.
Meet Echo - Echo (3rd Gen) has new premium speakers powered by Dolby to play 360° audio with crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Enjoy premium sound - Personalize your listening experience by adjusting the equalizer settings. Or pair with a second Echo (3rd Gen) or Echo Plus (2nd Gen) for stereo sound. Voice control your music - Ask Alexa for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, and more. With multi-room music, play music on compatible Echo devices in different rooms.
Echo Studio – looks to take on the high-end sound. It maps the room and optimizes the audio experience. Supports Dolby Atmos/3D sound and looks to compete with Sonos and Homepod solutions. Available for preorder today at $199.99
Immersive sound – 5 speakers produce powerful bass, dynamic midrange, and crisp highs. Dolby Atmos technology adds space, clarity, and depth. Ready to help - Ask Alexa to play music, read the news, and answer questions. Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, Tidal, and more. With Amazon Music HD, play 50 million songs in HD plus a growing library of music mastered in 3D.
Echo Show 8 – they took the Echo 5 design and increased it to 8″. Features the same manual shutter switch to turn off the camera for privacy. Show models now come in 5, 8 and 10-inch formats. The new Echo Show 8 comes in at $129.99 preorder now!
Alexa can show you more - With an 8" HD screen and stereo sound, Alexa can help manage your day at a glance. Be entertained - Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks. Connect with video calling and messaging - Call friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen. Make announcements to other devices in your home.
Echo Glow – taking on the aesthetics of the home lighting – think Phillips Hue – $29.99 coming later this year preorder now.
Echo Flex – an Echo literally for every room. A lighter weight device that has a small speaker and accessory ports on the base for third party accessory options. Nightlight and motion detectors are available. $24.99 makes it a cost-effective way to have Alexa everywhere without the cost of a full Echo device!
Make any space a little smarter - This plug-in smart speaker lets you get help from Alexa in more places in your home. Alexa is always happy to help - Manage your day. Get instant information. Check weather and traffic on your way out. Voice control your smart home - Turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, and more with compatible connected devices.
See, hear and speak to people from your phone, tablet or select Echo device with Stick Up Cam Battery, a battery-powered camera that can be mounted indoor or out. With Live View, you can check in on your home any time through the Ring app. Get notifications whenever motion is detected by adjusting your motion detection.
Compact plug-in indoor camera that lets you see, hear and speak to people and pets from your phone, tablet, or select Echo device. Watch over your entire home by connecting one or multiple Indoor Cams to all your Ring devices in the Ring app. Get notifications whenever motion is detected by customizing your motion zones.
Meet Amazon Smart Oven - A 4-in-1 convection oven, microwave, air fryer, and food warmer. Preset it and forget it - Includes 30+ built-in presets, voice control with Alexa through a compatible Echo device like the included Echo Dot. Dinner is ready - With Announcements, Alexa will notify you when the oven is preheated or when your food is done.
Echo Buds – taking on the Apple Airpods! Come with Bose noise canceling, Alexa built-in but option to use existing voice assistants like Siri/Google Assistant too – coming in time for Christmas – $129.99
Immersive sound – Premium speaker drivers deliver crisp, dynamic audio. Bose Active Noise Reduction Technology and sealed in-ear design limits background noise. Hands-free with Alexa – Echo Buds work with the Alexa app to stream music, play Audible audiobooks, make calls, or get directions—just ask. Access other assistants – Supports access to Siri or Google Assistant from a supported device—just press and hold your earbud.
Experimental/invite only devices to come – Echo Frames – Glasses: $179.99. Echo Loop – Ring(!) : $129.99. Limited quantities, those are introductory prices and invite only….hopefully not as long as Echo Auto invites!!!
Alexa can show you more – Compact 5.5” smart display ready to help manage your day, entertain at a glance, and connect you to friends and family. Made to fit your life – Cook along to step-by-step recipes. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Glance at weather and traffic on your way out. Big entertainment – Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks.
Our most popular smart speaker - Now with a fabric design and improved speaker for richer and louder sound. Voice control your music - Stream songs from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Sirius XM, and others. You can also listen to audiobooks from Audible. Bigger, better sound - Pair with a second Echo Dot (3rd gen) for rich, stereo sound. Fill your home with music with compatible Echo devices in different rooms.
The Fire 7 tablet comes in new, muted colors – Twilight Blue, Plum, Sage and Black.
The new Fire 7 comes with 16Gb as the minimum RAM with 32Gb being the next upgraded option. The storage can be upgraded via MicroSD cards to a maximum of 512Gb! Onboard is an upgraded processor running at 1.3Ghz.
Pricing starts at $49.99 for 16Gb with Special offers enabled (Amazon adverts) with the price increasing to $69.99 for 32Gb or RAM. If you are a long-standing Prime member you can contact Amazon and they may remove the Special offers function, if not expect to pay a premium to purchase the tablets without this functionality – $64.99 for the 16Gb, $84.99 for the 32Gb model. The Fire 7 tablets are Alexa enabled.
Amazon has its own folding case for the tablet as an additional accessory.
Save $40 ($79.99 down from $119) on the Fire Cube and Fire Stick 4K also discounted by $10 to $39.99
With the Fire Cube, you can control your TV and AV devices directly from the device and replace your remote controls and use Alexa. No more lost remotes and simple configuration via the Alexa app and you can create routines to dim your lights, turn on your devices, select inputs/channels or programs – an awesome addition to your Smart Home and Home theater experience!
With the Fire Stick 4K, you can simply plug the device into a free HDMI port on your TV and be up and running in minutes. You can stream from Prime Video, install apps to view Netflix, Hulu, regular TV stations (using your cable subscription). The Fire Stick 4K comes with the enhanced Alexa Voice Remote which includes an On/Off button and volume controls that work with your TV.
Also available is the newly updated Fire Stick with Alexa Voice Remote, this does not offer 4K viewing and has a lower speed processor than the 4K version BUT it does have the new remote with power and volume controls for your TV! This version of the Fire Stick supports HD and runs $10 cheaper than the 4K version.
I’ve been looking for a good Echo Dot Wall Mount for my new 3rd Gen devices. I’ve bought some for my 2nd Gen devices and been disappointed with how the power adapter is located/installed leaving me with a less than secure device hanging from the socket.
These Echo Dot Wall Mounts via Amazon pretty much solve all of my previous issues. The holders came nicely packaged and were individually wrapped in the 2 pack box that I received. The holders have cable management on the rear so that you can wrap up the cord on the power adapter around the back to hide all of the wires. The box has step by step instructions on how to thread the power cable through the cable management – nice touch. It does require some work to bundle up the wires completely.
It is a shame that the 3rd Gen Dot does not use the same Micro USB power block where you can substitute the cord for a shorter one but that is a fault of the 3rd Gen Dot and not this mounting solution.
Once you have figured out how to wind up the cables in the rear you simply slot the power supply into the top and you are good to go. The power supply slides in snuggly which is important as it keeps the whole holder and device securely in the wall. Other mounts I have used for Gen 2 models have wobbled and not been a good fit.
The mount looks great hanging from the socket, all wires hid – a great design and value product for the Gen 3. The Echo device is very secure both in the mount and the wall socket. I can mount this up or down with confidence.
I’ll be buying more as I upgrade my Gen 2 devices.
【Compatibility】Designed for Dot 3nd Gen ONLY,(Device is not included)not compatible with Dot 2nd Generation 【Perfect Cord Arrangement】Built-in cable storage, allows you to wrap the messy cables at the backside, which frees up counter space and provides a much cleaner look 【Easy & safe installation】You can install the speaker on the wall in seconds. No drilling in your walls or screwing required!, Great for kitchens, study, living room, bathrooms and bedrooms