Amazon just launched a totally new Echo speaker with a touchscreen


Set to hit the United States market on 28th June, priced $230, the Echo Show has the same Alexa voice assistant as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, and features a nifty 7in touchscreen. Amazon isn't listing the Echo Tap, probably because of the outdoor nature of the device.

Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things.

The "things" it can show you are photos, YouTube videos, weather forecasts, music lyrics, to-do lists, and security cameras (for the truly affluent), and chat with other Echo users.

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

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Amazon Echo Show has a new feature called "Drop In". The company will be adding support for voice calls and messages for those speakers "soon", along with similar support for its Alexa smartphone app. You can do video calling with anyone through its front camera.

For instance, Show - which comes in black or white - is more box shaped, and, of course, comes with a seven-inch digital screen.

Since the launch of the original Echo, Amazon has aggressively expanded its Alexa partnerships to end up with thousands of so-called "skills".

A couple years ago, Amazon surprised the world by unveiling the Amazon Echo, a speaker-cum-personal assistant that not only plays music but also responds to commands that help you keep your life in order. It was followed by the smaller Echo Dot, the portable Echo Tap and, most recently, the Amazon Echo Look which features a built-in camera and can provide outfit recommendations. The device would be a direct competitor to a rumored Apple connected speaker which is also expected to include a screen. No other video call apps work yet, but it's possible it may be updated to work with Skype or Google Duo in the future.