Skype calling coming to Amazon Alexa devices later this year

Joshua Bennett
September 23, 2018

That doesn't appear to be the case any more, however, as Alexa and Cortana have formed a lasting relationship.

Amazons vice President David Limp says that the new voice assistant microwave and Echo dot will go for $59.99 and $49.99 in that order. If you buy this with two compatible speakers, you can save up to 25 percent. On the bright side, it is cheap, the new microwave will be shipping later this year, and you can pre-order it now in the United States for $60. Preorders start today, and it ships in October.

And the list of new Alexa features is expansive. The Echo Input comes packed with a microphone which connects a speaker to Alexa. Furthermore, it features eight microphones that the company says can make out your voice even over road noise and music.

What this means: Skype was perhaps the only remaining competitive advantage for Cortana, if you considered its relationship with Alexa an adversarial one. In India, Amazon Echo Sub is priced at Rs 12,990 and it will be made available later this year. The rapid-fire event, which featured the introduction of 15 new products over 90 minutes, created consistent oohs and ahhs, with the microwave oven sparking the most interest.

The Echo Dot is the most popular Echo, and "the best selling speaker ever" according to Amazon.

To complement the Echo Sub, the Echo Link and Echo Link Amp are devices with multiple audio input and output connections. It is coming later this year for US$34.99.

The countertop Echo Show has a new look.

Echo Sub is the first wireless Echo subwoofer. If you want to turn your existing Echo speakers into a nice 2.1 speaker setup, the Echo Sub will help you do that. Pretty similar to Echo Plus, it can serve as the hub to a smart home. The Echo Dot will continue to cost $50. Not just that, the company announced a Skype app for the device that will allow users to make video calls directly on the Show offering the same "drop-in" video chat capabilities as previous year.

The Echo Plus is available in three colours - Heather, Charcoal Gray, and Sandstone.

Amazon has unveiled a new in-car device that will enable users to access its Alexa voice assistant, as well as a raft of other advanced infotainment capabilities. If they identify something fishy, the device will send notifications called Smart Alerts to the user's phone as well as an audio clip.

The Alexa powered speaker will deliver much better sound quality than the predecessor.

Echo Show is a device with a 10-inch screen that has a decent speaker, a front camera, and is connected to Alexa.

Featuring Bluetooth to connect to an existing Echo device, you can use the Wall Clock to set timers, alarms and reminders.

With overlapping groups, you can add one Echo device to several multi-room music groups. There have a lot of Echo's announced and revamped.

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