Amazon Upgrades Echo Lineup With Studio Speaker, Glow Smart Light

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The tech giant says it has found one of the most common queries Alexa receives is around the time or how long is left on a timer - the display on the new Dot is created to change that. It can put on a fancy light show while music plays or you can use it as a tool to let kids know it's getting close to dinner time depending on the color it shows. The Echo Flex, meantime, is a new category of the smart speaker that plugs directly into a wall outlet, unlike other Echo devices, which connect to outlets through a cable.

While the price tag of the Echo Studio is decidedly heftier than the company's other devices, it's competitive with other players in the arena like Sonos, which sells most base models around a similar price.

Both Home and Echo are continually listening for commands, though Google and Amazon say nothing gets passed back to them until the speakers hear a keyword - "OK, Google" for Home and "Alexa" for Echo.

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There have been long-standing rumors that Amazon would be diving into the wireless earbud game at some point soon, and during the company's massive hardware event on September 25, that's exactly what happened.

The original Amazon Echo has been been given an update on the outside with a fabric casing, and on the inside with an improved speaker for better audio output.

The buds are just one of the many new Amazon devices that were just announced. The device, which is now available for pre-order, displays the outside temperature and the ability to snooze it by tapping the top.

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It features a 5.25-inch woofer, 1-inch tweeter and three 2-inch midrange speakers to deliver dynamic, powerful playback. At $99.99, it's priced quite well. According to data from tech market researcher Canalys, companies including Amazon, Google, and Baidu shipped 26.1 million smart speakers in the second quarter of this year.

Echo Flex is now the most affordable way to add Alexa to any space in your home. You can control volume with buttons underneath the right arm, where there's also a button that mutes the microphones. It can be controlled by Alexa and can scan cooking instructions on the packaging and automatically preload settings on your oven.

Amazon announced two products that fall under an "invitation only" category: Echo Frames and Echo Loop. The box features convection oven, microwave, air fryer, and food warmer.

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