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The Amazon Echo Show and Sonos One aren’t the only products that allow you to control your smart devices via voice command. You can also add the Fire TV Cube to the mix. The possibilities with all of these devices are endless, and it’s only a matter of time before we start living in Alexa’s world.
AMAZON’S ECHO SHOW
The Amazon Echo Show is a new smart display that can do everything the Echo does, plus more. It can set reminders, check the calendar, and even answer general-interest questions. It even has a touchscreen to display extra information like videos from YouTube or results for questions. The touchscreen on the Echo Show can be useful for displaying pictures, videos, and other visual information.
While the Echo Show may not be ready for prime time, Amazon has released a new feature that will make it a good option for the home. Users will be able to hear what Alexa is saying, which is helpful if you’re trying to keep track of what your children are doing. The Echo Show also features an audio-only mode. This feature will work similarly to a walkie-talkie system, so you can talk to someone in another room instantly. This type of instant connection has been around before; elements of it exist in Facebook Messenger and Apple’s Messages system. Alexa users will have instant access to other Echo Show devices.
The Echo Show is a 7-inch device that has a screen for visual input. It has a 5-megapixel camera and a speaker grill beneath the screen. It has a rubber base and a single port for power. Amazon’s Echo Show is not designed to be a tablet or a touchscreen device, but it is designed to be a last resort.
The Sonos Beam is a new smart speaker for your living room that joins the Playbar and Playbase. It costs $699 and can work with your TV and your Sonos multiroom system. It’s small enough to fit in tight spaces and visually complement your TV.
The Sonos Beam features Alexa voice control, which means you can ask the device to play music, change the volume, skip tracks, and adjust the volume. The only catch is that you have to specify the music streaming service. You can choose which service to use in the Sonos app. You can select from Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, and TuneIn. Other music services supported by Sonos include Pandora, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, and more.
The Beam will support Alexa natively when it ships, but Sonos is also working with other platforms like Baidu, Alibaba, and Tencent to bring this functionality to other smart speakers. The company also says it’s working with Google Assistant to integrate its products with their assistant.
FIRE TV CUBE
The new Amazon Fire TV Cube comes with a built-in HDMI input port for connecting other compatible devices. This allows customers to control cable boxes, on-demand streaming services, and live television with the help of Alexa. It also features a USB port for connecting compatible webcams. Users can also customize the buttons on the Fire TV remote to use specific commands or shortcuts.
The Amazon Echo Cube also has a built-in speaker, which is placed on the bottom panel. It also has four rubber feet that help it stand upright. The device also has an HDMI output, a micro USB port, and an infrared blaster. There’s also a power port on the device for connecting to other devices.
While the Cube is fast, it isn’t perfect. Its performance can be sluggish, and its HDR format support is limited. But with the addition of the new Alexa features, the Fire TV Cube could be the entertainment center of the future. But to get the most out of it, you must make sure you’re comfortable with Alexa.
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