Amazon Alexa outpaces Google again, as YouTube pulled from Echo Show

Wednesday, 04 Oct, 2017

During that time, there's been little question that the company has been playing catch up to Amazon's two-year lead.

Developed by Amazon.com, the Echo smart speakers have created a new ecosystem and slowly all tech giants are working on their smart speakers.

Amazon Alexa's one of the major rivals like Google Assistant had recently added a Calling option for its users from the United States. In the night mode, your Google Home and Google Home Mini devices will blurt out notifications at a lower volume. Last month there were rumors that the company is working on releasing the new version of Amazon Echo due to its increasing popularity. But, now most of the focus of company is glued on the new Manhattan device. The company is speculated to be announcing a brand new device to compete in that sector at tomorrow's event. It unlocks a world of learning and discovery that is unique to their generation.

That reality already exists in many households. Research firm eMarketer says Amazon will take a whopping 70.6% of the voice-enabled speaker market this year, which is an awesome lead in the smart-home space that's likely to be bolstered by Amazon's release of the new Echo Plus and Echo Spot last week. "Amazon is signaling that its Alexa strategy goes beyond letting you reorder Cheerios and toilet paper toward hooking you into more of its own services". Although this device looks similar to its previous version, the internal specification and features of the device have been revamped.

The Echo Plus, which looks largely the same as the original Echo, is pitched at simplifying the sometimes-tedious task of connecting Alexa with other devices. There may also be number verification in case you want your number to show up when making a call to another Echo device.

Amazon also announced with the BMW Group that "Amazon Alexa will be available in BMW and MINI vehicles starting in mid-2018".

Amazon is also engaged in a fight to become the preferred device for streaming internet video. It is priced at $150.

Amazon's mobile Alexa play, meanwhile, has been spotty at best with a few handset makers dipping their toes in the water.

Alexa Routines allow users to automate a series of customisable actions using a single voice command of their choice.

AFTVnews reports that that Echo owners and those with the Alexa smartphone application can now make free calls to any phone number in the US, Canada or Mexico completely free with no additional hardware required. They will also come preloaded with a one-year Amazon Prime Membership.

According to 9to5 Google, the Home Mini will cost $49 and available to order on October 19th. "Echo Plus is the easiest way to start a smart home".