Amazon rolls out Alexa calling and messaging

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Brands like Progressive Insurance, ESPN, Wendy's and Alexa developers Federated Media, XAPPmedia, TWiT.tv, Appbly are participating in the launch of Sponsored Messages. Now we can finally confirm them, as the device was officially announced yesterday.

The Amazon Echo Show is the latest addition to the online retail behemoth's line of home artificial intelligence-assisted devices. But we all know it's not a practical solution.

Amazon is winning the home assistant wars, and the tech company took another step forward on Tuesday by unveiling the Echo Show, a touchscreen version of the Amazon Echo. "Everything will be fit inside the 7.4" x 7.4" x 3.5" frame and it will weigh just over 1 kg.

"Adding a screen to the Echo compromises its proposition of "eyes-off" functionality", said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research. And it allows Amazon to once again chart a path ahead of others with how it is using the speaker.

The new device may help Amazon expand and improve the Echo's capabilities in areas including video chats and online shopping. The device can be used for video calls and various other tasks. The device can hear the homeowner from any direction-even while music is playing. For the most part, I had trouble trusting the speaker's ability to correctly handle voice commands.

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However, this goes against Amazon's developer agreement, which forbids "any advertising for third-party products or services". It will be useful for developers, as they will be able to add touchscreen interfaces to their Alexa skills.

DESPITE A BACKLASH against Google's attempts to bring adverts to its voice assistant speaker, they might soon be coming to the Amazon Echo too.

A similar device to the Echo Show that was released previous year, the Nucleus has a screen, a camera, a companion smartphone app, and even includes support for Alexa for hands-free calling and voice commands. Other features include voice over ip phone calls and displaying answers on screen. This feature is reserved for your closest family and friends. Now, The Verge has discovered the inclusion of a new welcome screen that serves as an "always-on digital corkboard" where family members can post to-do lists, appointments and messages.

The new Echo Show. It will also connect to other smart devices or appliances so users can adjust or monitor settings and usage. With Google already in the market and Apple ready to enter the competition, it is only a matter of time before Amazon loses its monopoly to newer and better devices.

Meet the Echo Show ($230), the latest device in the Echo lineup that boasts a large screen flawless for video calls, YouTube tutorials, checking your security cameras, and more.

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