Facebook is set to launch its own smart home device next week

Ruben Fields
September 25, 2018

The latter device is a voice-activated display powered by Alexa that provides all the core features of a smart speaker, along with additional features such as the ability to watch movies and make video calls.

The device will function similarly to an Amazon Echo Show with social features and come in two screen sizes, according to people familiar with the matter who requested anonymity to discuss unannounced plans.

Leaked photos claim to show a smart display, called the 'Google Home Hub, ' which features a 7-inch display mounted on top of a speaker.

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The company unveiled several gadgets on Thursday, furthering Amazon's goal of placing its Alexa voice assistant everywhere its customers are. The Echo plus is also open for pre-orders on Amazon while shipping will commence on October 11. Amazon is looking your vehicle too and wants to make it smarter without you having to customize the in-car material which is intended both to entertain system or buy a new one. Simply called the Echo Sub, the 202 x 210mm 4.2kg device adds rich bass to your music experience. It is suggested that for best results, you can go in for a 2.1 configuration, where you have 2 Echo Subs with one Echo speaker.

Google's next voice-activated device could be a smart speaker with a screen. Audi joined the growing list of vehicle makers this week announcing Alexa voice control is coming to select models in 2019. Just that this time around, Amazon utilises a new fabric design instead of plastic. Microsoft is also planning to release its Alexa Cortana integration on mobile devices.

For connectivity and other features, drivers will need to download the free Alexa app onto their smartphones, which is available for carriers with Fire OS 3.0 or higher, Android 5.0 or higher and iOS 9.0 or higher. The device comes with a $24.99 price tag which makes it the cheapest Echo device so far. When paired with your Echo device, it is able to fill the room with music and activates easily through voice command. The online retailer and technology company announced Thursday its Echo Auto, which brings Alexa and its voice controls to the vehicle. Amazon, on the other hand, will make sure that Cortana users will be able to interact with numerous Alexa skills built by third-party developers. For example the Echo Auto requires an invite to purchase. Ford, BMW and Toyota have also been adding Alexa to their cars, and we expect more manufacturers to follow.

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