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Amazon Echo Spot Features Video Conferencing and Other Business Tools

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Kayla Schwartz | 06 October, 2017, 10:08

It will take some time for this to be a ideal scenario, though, but it's a great start.

Google Assistant - Alexa's stiff virtual assistant competition - also is going to be embedded in many home and entertainment devices, based on a number of recent reports, including Nvidia's Shield TV, home appliances from LG, smart speakers like the Zolo Mojo from Ankerm and the new QC 35 II headphones from Bose.

Users can activate the feature in the new conversations tab of the Alexa app on their linked phones - access privileges are needed to reach your contacts and you'll also need to verify your number through an SMS code.

Amazon Echo Spot is traditionally an alarm clock which comes with an additional display that helps in interacting with your smart devices in real time. It can also interface with camera-enabled smart devices to get views from gadgets like baby monitors or door cameras.

The Alexa Gadgets developer tools are not yet available but you can sign up here for notification by email when they are. Previously, calls were possible via the Echo, but this capability was reserved for calls between two Echo devices.

The new devices represent the Seattle company's push into building its own hardware three years after the surprise release of the original Amazon Echo.

If the person you're calling has Alexa-to-Alexa calling, it will default to the Echo device or Alexa-enabled device. It's conceivable that the "Manhattan" product could be unveiled then.

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Citing multiple sources, TechCrunch reports that Google is developing a "tabletop smart screen" for video calling. Now that there's landline and mobile support, is it a feature you'll use? The company's name for the device in development internally, is codenamed "Manhattan". That's the same sort of functionality we have on the Echo Show, of course. If you have more than one Echo Show, Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Dot, Alexa uses ESP (Echo Spatial Perception) to respond from the Echo you're closest to.

And that's not even the final part of the puzzle.

The price and availability of these products in India is however unknown.

The launch "felt as though Amazon execs held a massive brainstorm about every place they could stick Alexa, then greenlit every idea", Fowler added. Samsung hasn't gotten very far with Smart Things.

"We are excited to work with BMW to bring the Alexa experience to their drivers", said Ned Curic, Vice President, Alexa Automotive.

Amazon is spread betting with Alexa, fitting its voice assistant into everything it can.

Amazon will head into the holiday shopping season with a simple wish list: It wants voice-controlled devices featuring its digital assistant Alexa to become as ubiquitous in people's homes as televisions. You can play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn, and more.

GOP Members Of Congress Ask ATF To Reevaluate Bump Stocks
On Thursday the powerful gun lobby called on regulators to determine whether the bump-stock devices comply with federal law. That includes requiring stricter background checks for anyone wanting to buy a semi-automatic rifle.

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