Google bars Amazon Echo show from Accessing YouTube

Allan Goodman
September 30, 2017

Both sources claim that the device will act as a hub for smart home devices, plus YouTube, Google Assistant, Google Photos and video calling.

Although the retailer has never actually disclosed sales figures for its first generation of Echo devices, CIRP (Consumer Intelligence Research Partners) reports that a huge 15 million devices have been sold to date. It has the same size and structure as the existing one, but now it features a smart home hub which allows the user to control various smart gadgets like smart switches, bulbs etc. While we didn't have many great things to say about its boxy design and low-resolution screen, using Alexa with the 7-inch touchscreen was a great experience. Users can ask Alexa to video calls their friends and foe, though they need to have Alexa app installed on their smartphone or tablet.

Better sound. Better communication with Alexa.

The development of a tabletop smart screen device is a change of direction for Google, which was previously focusing on television-sized screens that would integrate its Google Assistant technology. If you want to receive calls from regular numbers, you'll need the new $35 Connect box that Amazon unveiled on Wednesday, which also allows you to use your home telephone number for Echo calls and dial emergency services like 911 or premium rate / worldwide numbers.

The new device offers much better sound than the original Amazon Echo, thanks to support for Dolby Audio, which means it'll compete more directly with products such as the Sonos Play:1 and even Apple's upcoming HomePod, the latter of which is due out before the holidays.

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Yelp and Google had also expressed interest in buying the San Francisco-based company after it put itself up for sale in April. Recode sees the deal as a strategic acquisition at a time of rapid change in the world of retail and home delivery.

The Amazon Echo speaker is priced at $99 (roughly Rs. 6,500) and if you purchase three of these Echo speakers, you get a $50 (Rs. 3,200) off with a total billing amount of $250 (Roughly Rs. 16,400). The Echo Spot comes in black or white and is available for pre-order right now from Amazon for $129.99 and will start shipping on December 19, 2017.

Google's plan to develop and launch its own Amazon Echo Show competitor also seems to shed some light on what transpired earlier this week.

At its event Wednesday, also introduced a revamped Fire TV set-top box that will support higher-resolution 4K video at a faster frame rate the the previous versions, matching the capabilities of Apple's recently updated model.

Because it will likely run on Android, third-party apps may be a possibility.

For those of you who don't know, the Amazon Echo is a lineup of smart speakers and now a smart alarm clock.

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