Amazon Echo Show (2nd Generation) release date, price, news, and features

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The countertop Echo Show has a new look. Amazon is adding more popular children's podcasts, such as Story Pirates, and a thousand audio books.

The sub is a £119.99 device that sits alongside your existing speakers to add bass and, presumably, cause a sense of rising panic for executives working for Sonos, Bose or any other high-end audio manufacturer. It also features a temperature sensor, so it can trigger routines based on your home's climate. For example, you can ask Alexa what the weather is like in Seattle, and it'll remember you're talking about Seattle if you asked for recommended restaurants nearby. Not just that, the Google Home Hub is also said to include a voice control feature which will help the smart speaker to understand voice commands and respond accordingly.

The tech giant is building on the success of the Echo smart speaker range with a boatload of new gadgets that not only respond to your orders, but sync in with any other Echo devices you have in your house.

"There are dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers; a passive bass radiator; and Dolby processing to deliver expansive stereo sound with deep, powerful lows and crisp highs, flawless for listening to your favorite music", Amazon said. The new model further features a built-in Zigbee hub, making it easier to set up and control your compatible smart home devices.

The Amazon Echo Show 2nd Generation release date has been announced, and, really, we should have taken the hint that it was due out when Amazon briefly halved the price of its old Echo Show for Prime Day.

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The 100-watt Echo Sub can be wirelessly paired with one Echo speaker for a 1.1 configuration, or with two of the same Echo speakers for a 2.1 set-up, aiming to bring more brunt to a stereo pair through its down-firing 6in woofer.

If you have a Google Home, you'll already be aware of the talents Google Assistant has up its virtual sleeves. With Echo Auto ($25 if you're invited, $50 next year if not) you've got it.

A connected microwave and wall clock, which can also be controlled using Alexa, were also announced. The $34.99 device will be available later this year. And since it's an Echo device, it's got Amazon's Alexa assistant and all the power that it comes with.

While Echo devices normally connect to the internet over WiFi, this isn't an option in most automobiles.

Amazon is also extending Echo to a new place: your vehicle. Wake it up with a cheery "Okay Google", and the device starts listening, then you can say whatever you want.

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