Facebook's Portal could be announced next week, coming in two variants

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

It remains to be seen if Facebook will use its homegrown digital assistant to take care of the things, or it'll simply look up to Alexa.

Amazon has improved and dramatically expanded its Alexa enabled product line-up at a hardware event in Seattle.

Amazon has not revealed how many Echo devices it has sold worldwide since 2014, but said Alexa's "interlocutors" are tens of millions worldwide.

Alexa Microwave: Here comes the Alexa powered microwave oven that had perhaps raked up the most curiosity. Ask Alexa to find nearby restaurants and reserve a table.

This new Alexa feature now works on the Amazon Echo Show, the Echo Spot, the Fire TV and Fire tablets. Amazon says the preferred method to hook up Echo Auto is via Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack, which many modern cars possess. It has also learned to understand whispers. But, in a blog post they did mention that the rollout will begin later this year. The intelligent system will track user movement around the room to keep his face in frame.

There's also the Amazon Echo Input, which will cost just $34.99 (£34.99), and which removes the speaker from the Dot and focuses on voice input. And when it comes to smart speaker device shipments.




An invitation-only device for now, Echo Auto is a small dashboard-mounted hub which brings Alexa and voice commands to any vehicle. There has been no mention of Google Assistant making it unlikely to be supported from what we now know.

And, of course, there was the $60 microwave, which Limp contended was a strong test because of how much microwaves interfere with wireless connectivity used by devices to communicate. In short, it's an in-car accessory that allows you to integrate Alexa into your vehicle.

Originally due to be launched in May, Facebook's flagship video chat device Portal, could be unveiled next week as scandal after scandal forced the social media giant to delay the announcement.

When Echo speakers are set to guard mode, they listen for breaking glass or the sound of alarms from smoke or carbon dioxide detectors and send alerts to smartphones or even security companies. While it remains unclear if Apple has any sort of HomePod sequel in the works, Amazon just completely flooded the market with new Alexa-controlled devices, impressively raising the bar for Google and Facebook.

Echo Dot and Echo Plus received minor refreshes, including a new fabric-wrapped design with rounded edges, louder speakers and a new temperature sensor in the Echo Plus.

Microsoft has partnered with Amazon to bring the Skype calling feature of Amazon Alexa devices.

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