Amazon Begins to Flex its Smart Home Muscle

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By Jonathan Collins | 4Q 2018 | IN-5275


Amazon Unloads 15 New Smart Home Offerings


On September 20 (2018), Amazon unveiled at least 15 new smart home devices that push the company into kitchen appliances, high-end audio, and automotive. The company also extended the reach and functionality of its Alexa voice control and Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform. The unveiling made apparent Amazon’s growing focus on the smart home, and its plan is to see its services touch as many smart home applications as possible, but these announcements also signal a significant transition now underway in the wider smart home market.

An Abundance of New Smart Home Devices and an Extension of Functionality


The detail as well as the scale of Amazon’s announcements are worth noting. The new products and functionalities included: 

  • Echo Dot upgraded sound quality and volume
  • Echo Plushas upgraded sound quality and volume, as well as a new temperature sensor. Most crucially, it also has local voice control, so Alexa can be used to control local devices connect…

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