New Devices Announced
Yesterday Amazon announced new Echo devices for the upcoming holiday season. From the press release:

Three years ago, Amazon introduced Echo and Alexa, offering a new way to interact with technology using just your voice. Today, Amazon introduced the next generation of Echo: the all-new Echo with a new design and improved sound for just $99.99, and Echo Plus with a built-in smart home hub for just $149.99.

The all-new Echo brings all the features you love about Alexa, now with a new design, improved sound with Dolby processing, and a lower price–just $99.99.
Echo Plus has a built-in smart home hub to easily connect your smart devices–set up and start controlling lights, locks, and more in minutes–just $149.99, with a Philips Hue smart lightbulb included while supplies last.
Routines let you control multiple devices and actions with a single voice command–for example, simply say, “Alexa, good morning,” and Alexa will turn on the lights, start your coffee pot, and read the day’s forecast.
Now, call anyone with Alexa–new calling feature offers free outbound calling from Echo devices, plus the all-new Echo Connect brings the convenience of hands-free inbound and outbound calling to your home phone.



 

Echo Spot
From the press release: Amazon announces Echo Spot, the newest addition to the Echo family. Echo Spot delivers everything you love about Alexa with a smaller design and the added convenience of a circular screen so that Alexa can show you things. The all-new Echo Spot is $129.99 and is available for pre-order. It will begin shipping in December.
Stylish, compact Echo with a screen is perfect for anywhere in the house–place it on your nightstand, desk, kitchen counter, or side table so Alexa can show you news, weather, smart home camera feeds, video calls, Alexa skills, and more.
• Designed for any room, with the added convenience of a screen
• New microphone array with second generation far-field technology
• Front-facing camera and Alexa calling help you stay connected–call anyone hands free
• Built-in speaker, plus Bluetooth and audio-out to connect to your existing speaker systems
• Easily control your smart home