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Amazon Gives Voice-Enabled Speaker a Screen, Video Calling

U.S. News

This photo provided by Amazon shows models of the Amazon Echo Show. Amazon is giving its voice-enabled Echo speaker a touch screen and video-calling capabilities as it competes with Google's efforts at bringing "smarts" to the home. The new device, called Echo Show, goes on sale on June 28, 2017. Amazon says it's also bringing calling and messaging features to its existing Echo and Echo Dot devices and the Alexa app for phones.


NEW REPORT: How Voice Assistants Have Become Connected Commerce's Killer App

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Consumers have experienced the convenience of shopping with their voices, and they cannot get enough. The share of consumers who own voice-activated devices has doubled since 2017, with more of them using those devices to make purchases, listen to music or simply check the weather forecast than ever before. So, what is it about voice-enabled devices that consumers find most appealing, and how has widespread ownership changed connected commerce? In the third annual How We Will Pay Study, in with collaboration Visa, PYMNTS surveyed more than 5,000 U.S. consumers to learn all the ways in which they use voice-enabled devices in their daily lives. We take a closer look at how consumers are using those devices in the Just Say To Pay brief, in which we explore how owning and using voice-enabled devices increases consumers' appetite for other new, seamless ways to shop and pay.


Cheerze - Why should hotels embrace Chatbots and voice-enabled devices?

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Technology is revolutionizing almost every facet of the hospitality industry. Chatbots and Voice-enabled devices, the innovative breakthroughs of Artificial Intelligence, are gaining traction among young travellers. It is estimated that by the year 2020, customers can manage 85% of their relationship with a brand effectively without even interacting with a human (Source: Gartner). This new norm is bringing a paradigm shift in how guests are communicating with the hotel. It also enables hoteliers to provide exemplary services that last forever in the minds of the guests.


Amazon gives voice-enabled speaker a screen, video calling

Boston Herald

Amazon is giving its voice-enabled Echo speaker a touch screen and video-calling capabilities as it competes with Google's efforts at bringing "smarts" to the home. The 7-inch screen on the new Echo Show enables the speaker to supplement voice responses with visuals and other information displays, similar to the Echo-like features offered on the Fire tablets and Fire TV streaming devices. That could mean extended weather forecasts, not just current conditions, or music lyrics to go with the song you're listening to. You can also call up cooking tutorials on YouTube, hands-free, while making dinner in the kitchen. You'll also be able to make hands-free video calls with other Echo Show devices or the Alexa app for iPhones, iPads and Android devices.


A closer look at Apple's Homepod voice-enabled speaker

BBC News

Apple has announced Homepod, a new voice-controlled speaker. The device will compete with Amazon's Alexa and Google Home. It will be released later this year, the company said.