It will include the features of its other Echo devices along with video shown on a seven-inch touchscreen.
For now, users on the same account - think of a family that uses an Echo under one profile - will be able to listen to messages and calls indiscriminately.
It sounds very convenient, but there's a catch.
While it's extremely unlikely that Alexa users will welcome any advertising intrusions, there is an upside for independent developers. Harnessing a touchscreen, as a supplement to the Echo's voice-recognition navigation, and codenamed "Knight", tech pundits were left to speculate about the rest (amid more leaks) until Amazon made the Amazon Echo Show's existence official. You can also choose which devices in your house have "Drop In" enabled. Fortunately there's a solution, but it's rather clumsy. So far, VoiceLabs boasts about 1,300 Amazon Alexa Skill developers as clients on their platform, and that number is poised to grow quickly; this move has essentially positioned VoiceLabs membership as the only path to monetization for many Skill developers. Apart from the two speakers, the feature would also be available for people using the Alexa app on their Android or iOS devices.
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Amazon also released an Alexa Skills Kit nearly two years ago so developers could create new skills and increase the capabilities of Alexa.
Playing around with the Alexa app, I discovered I could actually call myself from the app to my Echo. Using the OpenTable skill, you can make dinner reservations at any of the thousands of the restaurants in their network, and then receive visual confirmation on the Show's screen.
You can call right from your phone by tapping a name.
To make matters worse, it's surprisingly hard to disable Alexa calling once you've enabled it. The Echo Tap is not getting calling features, however. I have yet to purchase a smart speaker, despite feeling that it could be a useful addition to my home. To maintain an edge over its competitors, the company launched free voice calling through the use of the Echo and EchoDot speakers, or the Alexa app.