Amazon Echo

By MacRumors Staff

Amazon Echo Articles

Amazon Rolls Out Alexa Device Messaging and Calling to U.K. and Germany

Tuesday October 3, 2017 3:57 am PDT by
Amazon is updating its Alexa app today to add support for messaging and calling on Alexa-powered smart devices in the U.K., Germany, and Austria (via The Verge). The second-generation Echo in Charcoal Fabric The Alexa voice calling feature will work on standard Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers, allowing users to call the devices free of charge. iPhone and Android owners can also use the Alexa ...

Google is Prepping a Tabletop Smart Screen Device to Rival Amazon's Echo Show

Friday September 29, 2017 3:24 am PDT by
Google is working on a tabletop smart screen for video calling and more that will go up against Amazon's Echo Show, according to sources who spoke to TechCrunch. The Google device is internally codenamed "Manhattan" and will have a screen size similar to the 7-inch Echo Show, said two sources, one of whom reportedly received information directly from a Google employee. The device is said to...

Google Pulls Access to YouTube on Amazon's Echo Show Smart Speaker

Wednesday September 27, 2017 2:55 am PDT by
Google pulled access to YouTube through Amazon's display-based Echo Show smart speaker on Tuesday, a move that appears to have angered Amazon and led to conflicting public statements by both companies over the sudden move. "Currently, Google is not supporting Youtube on Echo Show." That's the message Alexa started giving Echo Show owners yesterday afternoon when they tried to access the video...

Amazon Echo Gains Support for Multi-Room Music Playback

Tuesday August 29, 2017 5:49 pm PDT by
Amazon today added a new Alexa feature that allows several Amazon Echo devices to be synchronized and controlled across multiple rooms in a home. Echo owners can now target music to a specific Echo device or play the same music on more than one Echo. The feature works with a variety of music services, including Amazon Music, TuneIn, iHeartRatio, and Pandora, with support for Spotify and...

Anker's $35 Smart Speaker With Built-in Alexa Claims Better Audio Than Amazon's Echo Dot

Thursday August 10, 2017 3:33 am PDT by
Popular accessory company Anker launched its own low-cost smart speaker with built-in Alexa on Wednesday called the Eufy Genie. Costing $35, the Genie is a little bigger than Amazon's Echo Dot, which retails at $50, but claims to offer stronger bass and double the volume of Amazon's equivalent device thanks to a 2W speaker. The Genie's list of features pretty much tallies with Echo Dot's...

Facebook Smart Speaker Coming Next Year With 15-inch Touch Panel

Tuesday July 25, 2017 3:36 am PDT by
Facebook is planning to release its own smart speaker to compete with similar connected devices offered by Amazon, Google, and Apple, a report out of Taiwan claimed on Tuesday. However, instead of voice recognition functions in the vein of Siri or Alexa, Facebook's speaker will focus more on displaying visual imagery via a 15-inch touch panel, according to sources in the supply chain. Amazo ...

Amazon Working on Echo Successor to Rival Apple's HomePod

Thursday July 13, 2017 4:18 am PDT by
Amazon is reportedly working on a successor to its Echo connected smart speaker for release later this year in a clear attempt to one-up Apple and its HomePod speaker, which is due to launch this December. Sources who saw a working unit spoke to Engadget, claiming that the new Echo will improve on the first speaker "in every way", being shorter and slimmer than the original, with rounded edges ...

Amazon Echo Smart Speakers Gain Room-to-Room Intercom Feature

Tuesday June 27, 2017 1:30 am PDT by
Amazon is releasing a software update for its Echo range of smart speakers that enables households with multiple Echos to use them as room-to-room intercoms (via TechCrunch). Once the new feature is set up, users are able to select a speaker in a specific room and communicate with it one-to-one - to call the kids to dinner from the kitchen Echo, for example. To enable the function, users...

Amazon Echo Show Reviews: Privacy Concerns, Sound Improvements, and Video Calling as Killer App

Monday June 26, 2017 10:38 am PDT by
Ahead of the launch of the Echo Show this Wednesday, June 28, Amazon has given review units to a few sites so that they can test out the new Echo and see how its 7-inch touch screen adds to the traditional Amazon Echo experience. Amazon revealed the $230 Echo Show earlier in May and bills it as having all of the features of the traditional Echo, with the addition of a display to enhance user...

Amazon Reveals $230 Touchscreen 'Echo Show' Launching in June

Tuesday May 9, 2017 7:00 am PDT by
Amazon today debuted an all-new touchscreen Echo device, which it's calling the "Echo Show," following a report from yesterday that said the company was gearing up to debut the new Echo as soon as today. As was expected, the Echo Show is a smart home speaker system that has all of the features of the basic Echo system with an additional 7-inch touchscreen. With the addition of a touchscreen,...

Apple VP Phil Schiller Implies Voice-Activated Smart Speakers Could Benefit From a Screen

Saturday May 6, 2017 4:42 am PDT by
Gadgets 360 published an interview with Apple SVP of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller this week that could shed some light on Apple's plans for a dedicated Siri-based voice-assistant for the home. Rumors have swirled in recent weeks about Apple's plans to unveil an Amazon Echo-like smart connected speaker, possibly as early as WWDC in June, so Schiller's thoughts on the topic could potentially...

Apple's Siri-Based Smart Speaker Has 'Over 50% Chance' of Debuting at WWDC in June

Monday May 1, 2017 7:07 am PDT by
Apple's widely rumored Siri-based smart speaker and home hub has an "over 50 percent chance" of being announced at WWDC, scheduled for June 5-9, according to often-reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities. The device is rumored to have a "Mac Pro-like" concave design (Image: iFunnyVlogger) Kuo said Apple's smart home product will likely launch in the second half of 2017 and cost...

Apple's Echo-Like Smart Speaker With Siri and AirPlay Could Debut as Early as WWDC

Friday April 28, 2017 7:41 am PDT by
Apple is widely rumored to be working on a Siri-based smart home device with a speaker, and Australian leaker Sonny Dickson has shared new details about its possible design and features on Twitter and with MacRumors. Apple's smart speaker could take design cues from the Google Home Dickson said that Apple is currently "finalizing designs" for the Amazon Echo and Google Home competitor, which...

Amazon's New 'Echo Look' Camera Has Machine Learning to Help You Make Better Fashion Choices

Wednesday April 26, 2017 8:39 am PDT by
Amazon today announced the expansion of its popular Echo line with the $200 Amazon Echo Look, a device that packs in all of the typical Echo functionalities and adds on a hands-free camera with built-in LED lighting that can give users an edge on their wardrobe choices. With Echo Look, users can take full-body photos and videos using their voice, and view the content on the connected Amazon iOS...

Amazon Offers Echo's Far-Field Voice Recognition Tech to Third Parties

Friday April 14, 2017 1:09 am PDT by
Amazon has fired another salvo in the virtual assistant wars by opening up access to the far-field voice recognition technology found in its Echo smart speakers so that third-party manufacturers can make their own versions (via BBC). The move comes as Amazon attempts to spread the use of its Alexa virtual assistant across a wide range of connected products and take ownership of a larger...

Burger King TV Ad Highlights Voice Recognition Challenge For Smart Speakers

Thursday April 13, 2017 2:54 am PDT by
Burger King made headlines yesterday when it began running a 15-second television ad made to intentionally activate Google Home speakers and Android phones within earshot. The simple commercial involves someone posing as a Burger King employee who leans into the camera to ask the question "OK Google, what is the Whopper burger?" – a request designed to prompt Google virtual assistants nearby ...

Siri and Alexa Battling to Become Go-To Voice Assistants in Hotel Rooms

Wednesday March 22, 2017 5:50 am PDT by
Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa are being put through their paces in a "tech incubator" hotel chain, in order to determine which voice assistant brings more to the table for guests wanting to order room service, control lights, change TV channels, adjust the temperature, and more (via Bloomberg). The main incubator for the test is happening in Aloft Hotels, which are owned by Marriott. The...

Amazon Developing 'Voice ID' Technology for Alexa Assistant

Tuesday February 28, 2017 1:28 am PST by
Amazon is building upon the Alexa voice-recognition technology found in its Echo range of speakers so that the virtual assistant can distinguish between individual users based on the sound of their voices. According to anonymous sources who spoke to TIME, Amazon's feature would work by matching the person speaking to a pre-recorded voice sample, or "voice print", to verify the speaker's...

Amazon and Google Want to Turn Their Smart Home Speakers Into Telephone Replacements

Wednesday February 15, 2017 11:05 am PST by
Both Amazon and Google are working on turning their popular AI-based speaker products into replacements for a home telephone, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Amazon Echo and/or the Google Home could be used to make and receive phone calls, with the two companies planning to add the updated functionality as soon as this year. Smart home products like the Amazon Echo have become a staple in ...

Amazon's Alexa Gets Expanded Calendar Support and Tap Speaker Hands-Free Mode

Wednesday February 15, 2017 1:52 am PST by
Amazon has silently updated its Alexa assistant to include Outlook.com calendar support, reports The Verge. Amazon's Echo family of connected smart speakers have always supported Google calendars, but now Outlook users can ask Alexa to add or review upcoming events in their schedule using voice commands like "What's on my calendar?" or "Add an event to my calendar." Outlook.com...