Amazon surprised everyone this week at their press event in Seattle on Sep 27, 2017 that unveiled a variety of new Amazon products for their intelligent Echo device as well as FireTV product line. The original Echo speaker which was released back in 2014, was overdue for an update after the company released Amazon Echo show which features camera and a built-in touchscreen. This week’s press event also introduced a next-gen 4K Fire TV version. This is super exciting news for all Amazon fans and all in all six (6) new products were launched this week and none was over $150
Here is a quick review of what was announced this week:
• All-new Echo (2nd Generation) with improved sound, powered by Dolby, and a new design – Heather Gray Fabric
Amazon Echo is a powerful little device that allows hands-free speaker your readers can control with their voice. Just ask the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, provide instant news and weather updates, and more. This new generation Echo is available in multiple colors and features expertly tuned speaker quality at a significantly reduced price ($99.99). This item will be released on October 31, 2017 but shoppers can Pre-order now.
• Introducing Echo Plus – Silver + Philips Hue Bulb included
Echo Plus—everything your readers love about Echo with a built-in smart home hub. Starting a smart home or integrating with an existing system is now easier than ever for your readers with the built-in smart hub and simple setup for compatible connected devices. Alexa can control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, locks, garage doors, sprinklers, and more. Set up devices from Philips Hue, GE, Kwikset, and others without the need for a separate hub. Just ask Alexa to discover your connected devices. Echo Plus will be released on October 31, 2017. Shoppers can Pre-order now, amazon is offering a 9% discount and it’s available for $149.99.
• All-New Amazon Echo Spot
Echo Spot is designed to fit anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free—just ask.
Echo Spot connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service to play music, read the news, answer questions, control smart home, and more Echo Spot$129.99 & FREE Shipping. This item will be released on December 19, 2017. Pre-order Echo Spot now.
•All-New Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD Streaming Media Player
Amazon’s Fire TV connects you to a world of entertainment. With a compatible 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV, now you can watch thousands of movies and shows come to life in brilliant colors and detailed contrast. Plus, the Alexa Voice Remote can easily find, launch, and control content. For a limited time, your can get up to $45 in digital content from Amazon Video, Hulu, and Showtime when you register your Fire TV. This item will be released on October 25, 2017. Pre-order available now.
Fire TV Bundles & Deals
• Fire TV + HD Antenna Bundle—$14.99 Off Pre-Order Bundle, with special pricing available now through 10/7.
• Fire TV + Echo Dot—$39.99 Off Pre-Order Bundle, with special pricing available now through 10/7.
• Fire TV Stick + Echo Dot—$29.99 Off Bundle, with special pricing available now through 10/7.
Echo Connect (requires Echo device)
Connect your home phone to your compatible Echo device to call any phone number, using just your voice. Echo Connect uses your existing home phone service to make and receive calls, including 911 and international numbers.
Simply plug Echo Connect in to your home phone jack, complete set up in the Alexa App, and you’re ready to make and receive calls on your compatible Echo devices
Price is set at $34.99 and the product will be released on December 13, 2017. Pre-order Echo Connect is available now.
Bringing much more fun and play to your home with a new collection of connected products that enhance voice interaction and communications with compatible Echo devices. Introducing Alexa Gadgets, a collection of fun and playful products that enhance voice interactions with appropriate Echo devices. The first of many Alexa Gadgets are Echo Buttons, a new way for customers to play games with friends and family. Subscribe to receive a notification when Echo Buttons arrive this holiday, in addition to updates on upcoming Alexa Gadgets. Echo Buttons, an Alexa Gadget, deliver a new way to play games through your appropriate Echo device. Each button illuminates and may be pressed to trigger a selection of game play experiences powered by Alexa. Bring back game night with a range of Alexa Skills including Beat the Intro from Musicplode, Dungeon Escape, and Sounds Fun with Mike Epps from Ground Control. Echo Buttons will be offered as a pair for $19.99. Click to Subscribe Now.