Amazon today, at its annual hardware event in Seattle, announced upgrades for nearly every one of its Echo products and one of them is the Echo Show. The new Echo Show offers a larger 10-inch screen, a redesigned exterior, and much better speakers for the same $229.99 price.
The new device’s biggest changes are on the outside as Amazon has gotten rid of the chin from the front and has covered the rest of the body with a similar fabric material found on other Echo appliances. In addition, it comes with revamped speakers which now includes dual, side-firing 2-inch neodymium drivers, an integrated bass radiator, and real-time Dolby processing. The new look resembles a bunch of recently launched Google Assistant powered smart displays from companies such as Lenovo. Google itself is expected to announce one itself later next month.
Along with the hardware upgrades, the Echo Show ushers in a few software bump ups as well. For starters, Amazon is extending its partnership with Microsoft as you can now make Skype video or voice calls on the Echo Show. Plus, Amazon will be bundling its own Silk and Mozilla’s Firefox browsers if you feel like browsing the web on it. There’s also a new API for developers called “Alexa Presentation Language”. Devs can leverage it to build apps with richer images and user interfaces for the Echo Show.
Apart from the home appliances, Amazon has upgraded nearly its entire line of Echo devices including the Echo Dot, and Echo Plus. A new device called Echo Input has been added to the lineup as well. It’s essentially an Echo Dot minus the speaker which can you plug into any other compatible third-party speaker.