Amazon gives voice-enabled speaker a screen, video calling

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The Echo Show is set to hit the U.S. on 28 June and will set back buyers by $229 (£176), but there is no word on when the Echo Show will reach United Kingdom shores.

In line with what most leaks speculated, the Echo Show features a 7-inch screen; set into the frame are a front-facing five-megapixel camera and a pair of two-inch speakers.

Amazon is making headlines with its new Echo devices this week, but if you don't have the money to splurge on Amazon's new toys, there's good news. You can use it to watch YouTube videos, play music, check your calendar and the time, make video calls, or as a baby monitor, among other things.

Echo Show's touchscreen can display several things, including video calls with other Echo Show users or voice calls with other Echo product users. The other person can call you (or you can call them) from the Amazon Alexa app on their phone. Echo Show is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive audio powered by Dolby.

A new feature called "Drop In" will automatically start a video chat as long as the receiver doesn't decline the call within 10 seconds of the caller getting in touch. So if you ask it for a weather forecast you'll get a graphic representation as well as a spoken reply.

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You can use Amazon's new service to connect with any contact that has enabled Alexa calling on their Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show or the Alexa app.

You can download the updated Alexa app here for Android and iOS. In some features, it resembles the Echo, the Fire tablets and Fire TV streaming devices.

The Amazon Echo Show is available for pre-order in Black and White color variants. The users from America is almost 36 million.They will use this device at least once in a month by year's end.

For those anxious about their privacy, the Echo Show has the lineup's signature mute button on top, which mutes both the microphones and the camera. The device can stream music from Amazon Music and display the lyrics of the song as it plays, while it also supports Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.

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