Amazon's touchscreen Alexa could launch this week

Randall Craig
May 15, 2017

Amazon's Echo Show will be released in the US on June 28, 2017, with a price tag of $229.99.

This week, Amazon unveiled the Echo Show, the newest member of the Echo family.

On the other hand, Google Home doesn't have a screen or video calling.

For household calling, devices like the Amazon Echo Show have the game changing potential to finally replace the declining breed of landline phones used in households worldwide.

A feature that will be well-worth the price to get the Echo Show is the ability to monitor different rooms in your home or office. Watch video flash briefings and YouTube, see music lyrics, security cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists and more. CEO Patrick Spence told Variety earlier this year that the company plans to bring support for other voice assistants to Sonos as well. This means the competition is getting more stiff for Amazon. In fact, according to the survey, homeowners don't really want to see a web browser in the Amazon Echo Show or any other similar devices with a touchscreen display. The Echo Show can even connect to compatible Ring and Arlo camera devices to show you live footage from, say, your front door or nursery. Nucleus was and is more or less the same thing as the Echo Show: "an Alexa-powered tablet computer created to be a dead-simple home intercom system and video conferencing tool".


For what it's worth, Amazon responded to CNET and maintained that Amazon "didn't get the idea for Echo Show from Nucleus".

The issue of ads in digital assistants raises privacy concerns, but it is one of the main ways companies and developers are pursuing monetization in the space.

To make matters worse, it's surprisingly hard to disable Alexa calling once you've enabled it. Even with the "Do Not Disturb" setting turned on though, messages will still arrive in the Alexa app.

Users would be able to receive or ignore incoming calls by simply issuing commands through the Echo's in-built assistant Alexa. "So far, that strategy has been working pretty well for the company, with 71 percent of smart speaker customers in the U.S. buying Echo devices", reports eMarketer". It will have the same features as with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, but it's a little enhanced with its 7-inch touchscreen. Although Apple didn't give any information on the new speaker, rumors suggest the company will announce the device at WWDC 2017 conference that will be held this June.

That's all great, but since you're here, you probably want to know: Can the Echo Show improve your life in the kitchen?

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