Amazon announces an Alexa-powered microwave with a built-in popcorn Dash button

SimpliSafe's newest security system now works with Google Assistant voice commands.                  SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe's newest security system now works with Google Assistant voice commands. SimpliSafe

According to Amazon, the Echo Sub is not optimized for 2nd GenEcho Dot, Echo Spot or Alexa-enabled devices. The Echo Sub will set you back by Rs 12,999.

Amazon will tap into Getty Images library of premium content to deliver images for appropriate searches.

"We've been thinking about how to make Alexa more natural", Amazon's David Limp said at the announcement, joking that the firm would announce "seventy new things".

Other companies have tried to imitate Amazon's success.

The number of searches serviced by Getty Images' content will expand over the coming weeks to include topics such as news, pop culture, and entertainment.

Global spending on smarthome devices such as speakers, thermostats and lights will hit US$96 billion this year thanks to new gadgets from companies like Amazon, Alphabet Inc.'s Google, ADT Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., and falling prices, according to Strategy Analytics.

The smart plug wasn't mentioned in the previous leak about Amazon's plans for new Alexa-powered devices.

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The Echo Input allows users to make their existing speakers smart, by allowing them to be controlled by Alexa voice commands once connected.

One such bundle packages together the new third-generation Echo Dot with Amazon's Smart Plug for £64.98.

A freshly announced Alexa Guard service synchronizes with Echo speakers in the home and security cameras from Amazon-owned smart doorbell maker Ring.

As always you can improve the sound quality by connection via 3.5mm or Bluetooth to other speakers.

Echo Input is like an Echo Dot without a speaker, just the microphones. Called Alexa Plug, it's simply used to plug into the home devices and you can control them using your voice.

Available later this year for $34.99. And it added the Echo Sub and the $299.99 (226 pounds) Echo Link Amp, focused on creating better entertainment systems for the home. At $34.99, it's the cheapest way to add Alexa to an existing audio setup. It announced the Echo Auto for shoppers to talk to in their cars. The product is available for order today and will begin shipping next month. "Now with Fire TV Recast, we've made it simpler to find, watch, and record live over-the-air TV at home and on your mobile devices".

As far as I'm concerned, the only two somewhat useful features of this microwave are the quick-cook presets - which most microwaves have anyway - and the Dash replenishment.

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