Sep 27, 2017

Amazon revamps Echo smart speaker family

Amazon has announced new versions of its Echo smart speakers that promise improved sound and voice recognition. A larger Echo Plus adds a "Home hub", letting it control smart light bulbs and other third-party products without a separate data-linking device. Amazon has never released sales figures for the earlier Echo line-up. The Echo family accounts for 75% of the US market for internet-connected speakers with built-in smart assistant functionality, estimated Consumer Intelligence Research Partners earlier this month. At its Seattle event, Amazon also announced Echo Buttons - small Bluetooth-based buzzers that can be used to play games on its speakers, including a forthcoming version of Trivial Pursuit.

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