Lenovo announced an Assistant device that is similar to an Echo Show (with a touchscreen), and LG announced Alexa support for its upcoming smart TVs.
Amazon launched its first screen-carrying Echo - the Echo Show - in the United Kingdom at the end of previous year, with the device able to display video news briefings as well as make video calls and show song lyrics.
Initially, only a USA release date was revealed for the device but now it's coming to the United Kingdom 24 January and we've finally got our hands on with the device.
At the back end of previous year, Amazon launched a slew of new devices, of which the Echo Spot was among the most interesting, if not THE most interesting.
"Numi delivers hands-free control, personalized cleansing functionality, and exceptional water efficiency", the company - which also has a tieup with Amazon's Alexa - says. Users can also make use of the Smart Display as a means of taking video calls through Google's video call app, Duo.
Amazon Echo uses Microsoft's Bing search engine to provide additional information, while Google Home uses the company's own Google Search. Following success in the United States, it's landing in the United Kingdom market in late January with an RRP of £120 (or you can buy two for £200).
The Echo Spot is available to pre-order starting today, with deliveries from the 24th January.
With the entry of the two tech giants with their own corresponding products - and matching cloud services - they have collectively become synonymous with the new phenomenon.
Looks-wise, it's a little chunkier than your average smart camera. It features a colour touchscreen 2.5-inches in diameter, a camera for video calling and speaker in the base.
Amazon Echo Spot vs Echo Show Specs: Which is better equipped?
Of the major players, Apple perhaps has the most to lose from Google's and Amazon's voice domination. This holiday season, Amazon and Google in particular enthusiastically pushed their smart speakers - for Amazon, its Echo line, and for Google, its Home products - as it becomes clear that voice-based digital assistants are the next big frontier.
The iHome iGV1 is a alarm clock and a speaker.
When it comes to setting alarms or timers, these are specific to the device you set them on, so if you ask your Echo Spot to wake you up at 6am, it won't then trigger alarms across your whole house. Or, if you prefer, a radio station. These new skills bring the total number of skills available for Indian customers to more than 12,000", Amazon said adding that the new skills published span 20 categories, "including global favorites like music and audio, interactive games and education, to trending categories like health, business and finance, and news and lifestyle. This is a new-ish addition to Alexa in the United Kingdom that's been in the U.S. for some time now. Secondly, it just works without having the fancy bells and whistles. Priced at £119.99, it sounds like quite a jump for a device that essentially adds a display to an Echo Dot (£49.99), but we can't help feeling that the Spot has bags of bedside appeal. If you're buying this as a video device, the Echo Show is likely the best choice.
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