Amazon thinks we want an Alexa-enable microwave

The Spheres in Seattle site of today’s Amazon devices event

The Spheres in Seattle site of today’s Amazon devices event

Amazon has announced the launch of its new line-up of Alexa-powered Echo smart speakers in India.

Amazon has unveiled a new in-car device that will enable users to access its Alexa voice assistant, as well as a raft of other advanced infotainment capabilities.

It's slightly larger and bulkier than the previous version but it stays at exactly the same price as its predecessor: £49.99.

"One or more of these products is likely to resonate, but (it's) impossible to speculate today", Michael Pachter, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said.

Here is a look at all the key announcements.

"They're going to be a lot less transactional, and a lot more conversational", said David Limp, Amazon's senior vice president of devices and services who introduced the new gadgets at company headquarters in Seattle.

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The third device is clock, because why not!

"What this microwave does is keep track of how many times you cook popcorn and make sure you never run out", Amazon VP Daniel Rausch tells the Wall Street Journal.

It sounded hokey, but the $59 AmazonBasics Microwave could actually make microwaving even easier.

The Amazon Fire TV Recast is a box that will record live OTA TV and stream the recorded content anywhere.

There's also a new subwoofer if you like bigger sound, offering the $199 wireless Amazon Echo Sub to give that.1 to an Alexa speaker and up the bass. There's another model with a built-in 4-tuner and 1TB of storage that allows users to record up to four shows at once and holds up to 150 hours of HD programming. How this experience will compare remains to be seen.

The next-generation of Echo Dot smart speaker comes loaded with a new fabric design coupled with a better sound output. The company has slightly redesigned the Echo Dot.

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The improved Echo Plus offers clearer 360-degree sound and built-in Zigbee smart home hub and temperature sensor. Obviously, the point is to provide better bass while listening to music and other audio.

The way it works is that the device uses a road noise-reduction algorithm to eliminate driving noise and, after all that excess noise is cut out, the Auto proceeds to send requests from the device to your phone which is responsible for connecting to the internet.

Echo Link and Echo Amp Link. And Echo Link Amp will ship early next year and cost $300. Amazon uses real-time Dolby processing and there's an 8-microphone array, which the company says is the most advanced available.

The leaked page says the plug will cost 95 pounds, which is around $125. It contains two mics as well as Alexa. Apart from showing just the regular time, the Echo Wall Clock will also show you the remaining time when you set a timer on one of your other Echo devices. It will sell for $29.99.

With the hardware, came an announcement of several new software features and upgrades meant to extend Alexa's reach further in the home.

It's a little square that sits on your dash, and can connect to your auto either via auxiliary jack or Bluetooth.

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