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Amazon’s New Echo Show Gives Alexa a Touch Screen

The $230 Echo update has a seven-inch screen and makes video calls

In its latest attempt to make your home life easier, Amazon introduced the Echo Show on Tuesday morning, complete with a seven-inch screen that allows users to make video calls.

The device will continue to be powered by Alexa’s voice recognition system, while allowing users to view “the news with a video flash briefing, see your Prime Photos, shop with your voice, see lyrics with Amazon Music, and more,” according to the company’s product blurb.  That’s right, for those of you who simply can’t bear to search lyrics on Google anymore, Echo Show has you covered.

Amazon’s newest update in its smart speaker line, which will be available in white or black, will cost $229.99 and go on sale June 28. The product, which now also dons a touch screen, appears to be only available to customers in the States for now.

The Show comes on the heels of last month’s Amazon Look, which featured a camera and aimed to be your personal styling assistant.

And the virtual assistant market is certainly fertile soil for Amazon to continue harvesting, with eMarketer noting more than 35 million Americans will use a voice-activated assistant on at least a monthly basis in 2017 — a jump of nearly 130 percent in the last year. The Echo has dominated the space to this point, with 70 percent of the market using Amazon products.

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