March 18 2018

No More YouTube On Amazon Echo Show, Because Google

March 18 2018, 05:00 | Geraldine Moore

No More YouTube On Amazon Echo Show, Because Google

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Alexa, Amazon's voice control system, now has a new home in the new Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Spot, which the company announced Wednesday.

This rivalry between Google and Amazon is nothing new and it's something that has had a negative impact on users for years (though, at the same time, such competition likely had many unseen benefits).

Amazon also touted the potential of adding Alexa to non-Amazon products. For example, if you say "Alexa, good night" you'll trigger a series of actions on your smart home devices: Your lights will turn off, your TV will turn off, your door will lock.

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In a surprising move, Google has apparently blocked Amazon's Echo Show device from accessing YouTube. There's 40% more power in the new Fire TV which is impressive given its smaller size. It will cost $69 and supports 4k and HDR formats. The building is part of Amazon's new campus in downtown Seattle, a $4 billion multi-building project that includes a 5-story glass dome structure for plants. Echo Plus eradicates the need for several hubs to run your smart home, with more than 100 partners on board, it will act as the powerhouse for all other smart devices. A smartphone is not required to benefit from Alexa in the auto, as all BMW models and selected MINI vehicles come equipped with a built-in SIM card.

The Spot is a scaled-down version of the Echo Show, also featuring a screen that displays videos, weather reports, to-do lists and calendars. In addition to the new Echo, it is selling the $35 Echo Connect - a device that connects your Echo to your landline phone line.

For the baby boomers, Amazon is also launching the Echo Connect in Q4. Echo Spot could be ordered at the online retailer's website for US$130 (S$177) and was to begin shipping in December. It features a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 2GB of memory, 8GB of storage and Dolby Atmos Audio.

Both products are available for pre-order immediately, and will ship next month, Amazon says.

Amazon launched not one but two Echo speakers.

The new version comes in six different colours.

Echo Show, when launched back in May of this year, supports YouTube alongside other digital services from Amazon and other companies.

Also among the announcements were Echo Buttons, small buttons that connect to an Echo via Bluetooth and can be used as game show-style buzzers for quiz games.

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