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We expected it soon, but Amazon still managed to surprise us. In order to compensate for the extra noise, the Echo Auto has an "eight-microphone array" that enables the device to hear your requests even when there's road noise, construction or music playing in the background. That consists of a dev board and back-end services to make building connected devices easier.

"We know that hands-free, far-field voice control is a major win for those of you who live in an Alexa household".

Smart speakers have started to catch on this year, and Amazon's Echo is undoubtedly leading the pack. Amazon released a wide range of electronics ranging from speakers to clocks, all powered by Alexa. Basically, you can control it via voice or manually.

The new Dot, for example, is 70% louder than the previous version while the new Show has a larger, 10-inch dispay with and dual, side-firing 2-inch Neodymium drivers, a passive bass radiator and Dolby processing.

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Amazon is taking pre-orders for the new Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show today and expects to start shipping these devices on October 11.

Why a microwave? It's "the most popular appliance that's out there today", according to Amazon, but also "one of the hardest devices to integrate with". You can either pair a single Echo/Echo Plus with the Sub or two of them for a 2.1 speaker set where each of the Echo/Echo Plus become individual stereo speakers.

The 12.5cm-tall Input simply connects to an existing speaker via a 3.5mm jack or Bluetooth to gift it voice functionality.

The Echo Link is created to connect to a receiver or amplifier, with multiple digital and analog inputs and outputs for compatibility with your existing stereo equipment. Yet, the Home Mini and Echo Dot can do nearly everything the Homepod can do (and more if you have an Android smartphone).

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Finally, Amazon has added browsers to its touchscreen device, so you'll be able to surf the web outside of Alexa's skill offerings.

Amazon has made great progress over the past 18 months, getting automakers to add Alexa support in various ways to their dashboards and infotainment systems.

Below you can view all of the new products and a rundown of what they do, but a lot was done for Alexa products behind the scenes, too. All fine and dandy, I'm sure - but the product that most intrigues me is probably also the most innocuous: An Alexa-integrated Echo Wall Clock.

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