Amazon beefs up Echo line-up and Alexa skills

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Amazon has introduced new home assistant devices, which are powered by Alexa, its voice-commanded AI assistant. Additionally, the company has also unveiled upgrades to its Echo speakers which showcase the company's digital assistant.

"Voice is a big part of the future, especially in cars," Alex automotive vice president Ned Curic said in a release. "Using your voice to enjoy content and interact with your car makes a great driving experience even better."

Amazon’s freshened line-up of Echo devices also includes a redesigned model with improved sound, along with an Echo Plus model. It offers features such as the ability to make free voice calls to home phones as well as to other Echo devices.

Now, BMW car owners will also be able to ask Alexa for directions, make call, control smart homes, and check news. BMW senior vice president of digital services Dieter May says, “By making this step and integrating Alexa into our models from 2018, BMW and MINI will form a more intrinsic part of our customers' digital lifestyles. Voice control first featured in BMW Group cars many years ago, and we are now enhancing its functionality by adding a digital ecosystem."
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