Pre-orders are available today, with shipping starting in October. There are plenty of people that use third-party wall mounts with Echo Dots and Google Home Minis (myself included), so it's nice to see Amazon produce something a bit more suited for that use case. Alexa will let you know when to stir the food or when it's finished. The company has invested heavily in finding ways to improve healthcare for its own employees - first through a joint venture called Haven and most recently with Amazon Care, an on-demand primary care program for employees that was announced this week.
For those looking for an ever cheaper way to bring Alexa into their home, the company also announced an update to its smallest model of Echo speaker, the Dot.
The Echo Studio is going to be Amazon's most impressive speaker to date, hence the $200 price tag.
Alexa users will now be able to use Amazon's Privacy Hub to auto-delete all their voice recordings.
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They include Bose's Active Noise Reduction Technology to cut down on ambient noise and have built-in microphones.
The diminutive device will now come with an LED display that shows the time, timers, and the temperature and a snooze feature that gives users an extra nine minutes in bed.
For music fans, the Echo Studio looks to be Amazon's effort to appeal to audio enthusiasts who might otherwise pick up a Sonos or Apple HomePod. Demand for Amazon's devices, led by the hockey puck-sized Echo Dot smart speaker and Fire TV streaming stick, made it the third-top-selling brand by unit sales in the us last year, according to estimates from researcher Euromonitor International.
Amazon's smart speaker is available in two versions - the full sized $180 (£145) Echo shown here, and a smaller, $50 (£40) version called the Echo Dot.
Google's Assistant software is also able to answer follow-up questions on the same topic, in a near-conversation style, but Echo as yet can not. You could well argue that Alexa is already well positioned for such a strategy, too. You can set up a VIP list to control what notifications, messages, and alerts get piped through.