Amazon came out swinging today with a bunch of new devices that expand their hardware line even further. They announced a few new devices, though one of them doesn’t even have a release date or a FCC approval. As well as the new devices they also made some huge price drops. Well lets go through them one by one:
2nd generation Echo
The newly announced Echo Plus looks like it basically takes the original Echo and stuffs a smart home hub inside. Not really much to report on this one at this point other than the fact that even this model is cheaper than the original Echo at $149. Only time will tell if Amazon can get compatibility for devices for this to be a viable hub rather than going with Wink or SmartThings, the two leaders in the hub space.
Think of the Echo Spot as an Echo with a screen. This joins a lineup that already includes the Show for video calls but it looks like this will have a bit more functionality. It looks like this will be handy to check out compatible video feeds like doorbells and other video functions like an alarm clock and video calling.