Facebook's camera-equipped smart home device Portal is nearing launch

Amazon shows off microwave, clock, smart plug-in linked by their cloud-based voice service Alexa

Amazon shows off microwave, clock, smart plug-in linked by their cloud-based voice service Alexa

These included its regular range Echo speakers in different models and in addition, a new microwave oven and a clock that have the Alexa support. Ask Alexa to find nearby restaurants and reserve a table.

Still, more than 2 billion people remain active on the world's most popular social network, but the question is how many of those are prepared to cough up north of $300 for a Facebook-branded Echo Show rival with few distinguishing features?

Alexa is even developing a personality, complete with a favorite pet or beer. It has also learned to understand whispers.

Amazon teased a coming feature called Alexa Hunches that is created to infuse the digital assistant with intuition. But, in a blog post they did mention that the rollout will begin later this year.

For example, you want to order something from Amazon but your Echo speaker is at home.

With Alexa support available out-of-the-box, the device is the flawless one to power up your speaker.

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Third-gen Echo Dot: The popular budget Echo Dot device received an upgrade, making it 70-75 per cent louder than its predecessor and it comes with a fabric exterior, available in three colour options - charcoal, heather grey and sandstone.

The £80 device can play music, turns on your lights and even tell you a joke just by speaking to it. This is not a standalone speaker, however, and will require being paired with at least one other Echo device.

"They're going to be a lot less transactional, and a lot more conversational", he said. There has been no mention of Google Assistant making it unlikely to be supported from what we now know.

Cheddar reports that Facebook is set to launch a smart home device called Portal next week. Just 12.5mm tall, the Echo Input connects to a speaker through a 3.5mm audio cable or Bluetooth, and features a four-microphone array.

Amazon has launched several of its Alexa based devices, 13 in all, in one go, at an event in Seattle. Another bundle features the Echo Sub with two Echo Plus devices for $249.97. There is also a new companion device for the Amazon Fire TV called the Fire TV Recast. Amazon also unveiled an amp, a clock, a camera, and a microwave.

Amazon has been moving fast in the race against digital assistants fielded by powerhouse rivals Google and Apple to become the preferred way people interact by voice with artificial intelligence.

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