Skype support coming to Alexa later this year

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Amazon unveiled its vision for smart homes powered by the Alexa voice assistant, with a dizzying array of new gadgets and features for nearly every room in the house - from a microwave oven to a security camera and wall clock.

For the time being, the Echo Sub will only be compatible with either the Amazon Echo (2nd gen) or the Amazon Echo Plus (2nd gen). When you enable Guard, Alexa can send you Smart Alerts about the sound of glass-breaking, smoke detectors, or carbon monoxide alarms detected in your home. Ring is an innovative home security system that has been selling worldwide.

The launch of APL coincides with the relaunch of Amazon's Echo Show, which is essentially an Echo smart speaker with a video display.

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The takeaway: Why has it taken so long for affordable kitchen appliances like microwaves to get "smart"? We saw devices for using Alexa in the auto, the living room, the kitchen, and beyond. The updated Echo Plus, Dot and Show are examples of Amazon continuing to refine and improve its technologies The new Show, with a bigger screen and more integrated apps, like Skype, is an especially strong improvement on the original. The company also revamped a few other devices to give them a more refreshing look. Once connected to one or two of the speakers, you will be able to control the music that plays from the multiple speakers by commanding Alexa with your voice. The smart plug is up for preorders at $25.

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Global spending on smarthome devices such as speakers, thermostats and lights will hit $96 billion this year thanks to new gadgets from companies like Amazon, Alphabet Inc.'s Google, ADT Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., and falling prices, according to Strategy Analytics. Seeing as these are $229 a piece, that's a pretty good price for the Echo Show.

"We are really at a tipping point for the smart home", Limp said while unveiling an array of new devices.

Now that the event is over let us tell you what Amazon has in store for us.

At $24.99, Echo Auto is an easy and affordable way to add the power of Alexa to your vehicle or truck, according to Amazon. As with Echo Auto, this product is a nod to the notion not everyone is going to buy a new Fire TV, but that consumers still might use Alexa in the right format and form factor.

Amazon's reach exceeds that of other tech giants like Apple and Google, since it extends far beyond software and hardware. If you've bought an echo Dot, it's in your home - but it's increasingly baked into modern cars, too.

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