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The Amazon Echo Show is the first Echo with a built-in display

10 May 2017, 03:06 | Shelley Chandler

You can pre-order your own Amazon Echo Show here (and if you get two, Amazon will knock $100 off the price). The Echo Show is built to run Alexa skills, the same as the audio-only Echo speakers.

Amazon just formally revealed the Echo Show, its newest Alexa-infused product that, for the first time, adds a screen to the mix. But since then, the products have remained top sellers on Amazon's site, though the company would not say how many it has sold. Thanks to AFTVnews, we now have our first glimpse of what the upgraded Echo with a built-in screen might look like.

The device is kind of a hybrid between a tablet and an Echo speaker.

The Echo Show will launch in the USA in June and will enable users to make video calls as well as view photos and video using voice commands.

The Show will also support Amazon's voice assistant Alexa, which means that users can control other internet-connected devices in their home, like lights and cameras, and access Amazon's other services. You can use it as a monitor for your security cameras too.

Amazon is far and away the leader in the voice-enabled speaker market, according to a recent eMarketer study. If you give someone Drop In permission, he or she can start a voice call to your Echo device without any action on your part. With that in place, Amazon's Echo Show - with its always-listening, always-showing presence in your home - could end up becoming the most disruptive gadget Amazon has ever made.

A survey released Monday by research firm eMarketer found Amazon s Echo speakers held 70.6 percent of the U.S. market, compared with 23.8 percent for Google Home and 5.6 percent for others including Lenovo, LG, Harmon Kardon and Mattel.

A few weeks ago, Google Home got the ability to recognize individuals within a family by voice, allowing for more precise recommendations and ad targeting. The Echo and Echo Dot lack screens and cameras, so calls will be limited to audio.

Sending messages using the Echo can just be done with the voice.

"I think Echo Show fits very well in the kitchen", said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.

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