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JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Myer to resell Amazon's Echo Spot

JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Myer to resell Amazon's Echo Spot JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Myer to resell Amazon's Echo Spot
Kristine Garrett | 20 April, 2018, 17:35

Cleartrip has recently launched its own Alexa skill for the Amazon Echo platform. It is available for pre-order now and it will be officially released on April 26 with the price tag of $199.

The new Alexa Announcements feature for the Echo range will let you record a message through your smart speaker, and have it broadcast around the home.

Echo Spot features second generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear you from across the room-even while music is playing. Or use Echo Spot in the kitchen to easily set and view timers, call friends and family with a supported Echo device or the Alexa App, see shopping and to do lists, and more.

It's worth noting that it's a one way system - those on the other end of the Echo will not be able to respond to the announcements, making it very much an instructional exchange.

JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Myer to resell Amazon's Echo Spot

As Glenn Gabe posted on Twitter, wouldn't it be "wonderful" if your "featured snippets could be replaced by sponsored "how to" videos on Assistant (and a version of Home with a screen)". Just as you can tell Alexa now to play a flash news briefing you will now be able to ask Alexa to show the news.

In that relatively new space, Amazon is fighting the likes of Google, with Amazon's Echo range of speakers launching late past year to take on the Google's Home speakers, and both offered a similar proposition: music speakers that are always listening and can take your words, turning them into instructions to other devices, to searches online, or to answers that the speaker can read to you. Google Assistant is also now available for non-Android devices and other third party manufacturers.

CNBC reports that Google is looking to get advertisers to create how to content and videos to be used as voice responses for Google Assistant and Google Home queries.

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