After weeks of anticipation, Amazon has finally revealed its new version of its Echo smart assistant, the first with a built-in display.
Now Amazon wants you to do more than talk to Alexa. With Echo Show, customers can watch video flash briefings and YouTube, and see music lyrics, smart home cameras, photos, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, and more.
Amazon said it plans to release the Echo Show in late June, with a starting price of about $230 for a single device, or two for $360. It will be available in white or black and the device weighs 41 ounces, nearly 1.1 kilos.
Alexa, Amazon’s cloud-based voice service, already powers voice experiences on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Fire TV and all devices powered by the Alexa Voice Service. Alexa has over 12,000 skills created by developers like you.
All Alexa skills will automatically be available on Echo Show. Skills will display any skill cards you currently return in your response objects. This is very similar to how customers see your Alexa skill cards on the Alexa app, Fire TV, and Fire Tablet devices today.