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Once considered an odd experiment, the Echo devices powered by Alexa have become the clear leader in the smart home market.

Out of all the Echo devices, some of them will come to India, while some will not. It is coming later this year for US$34.99. With Echo Auto ($25 if you're invited, $50 next year if not) you've got it.

In addition to revamping its Echo lineup on Thursday, Amazon also unveiled a microwave.

Examples of the hardware reference design in Amazon's Alexa Smart Screen Development Kit.

The e-commerce giant also announced the Echo Wall Clock, which will be compatible with any Echo device.

Amazon's Echo Show is the most pricey of the bunch, set to arrive in Australia in October from JB HiFi, Officeworks, and the Amazon online store for $349 with a Philips Hue lightbulb.

New Echo DotEcho Dot got a redesign.

Other products that Amazon launched today include the Echo Auto, which lets you easily integrate Alexa into your vehicle. The new speaker comes with a curved shape and it is available in Charcoal, Heather Gray and Sandstone colour options.

With the new products, Amazon is basically aiming to improve the audio experience for the consumers. The Echo Show has had on-demand services for some time but now Hulu is bringing their live TV streaming service to Amazon's newest Echo Show.

The Echo Input ($35) is a coaster sized device for adding Alexa controls to existing speakers.

And that starts with Amazon's Echo Dot, the tiny hockey puck of a speaker that wasn't much of a speaker when it was released previous year, but was definitely a great little microphone addition to a home that wanted an Amazon Alexa-enabled microphone in parts for varying reasons.

The Echo Plus has received a similar fabric makeover, and now has added temperature-gauging capabilities while maintaining its $150 price tag.

The Amazon Microwave will be priced at US$59.99 (~RM248) and ships starting 14 November 2018.

The Echo Dot is the most popular Echo, and "the best selling speaker ever" according to Amazon.

The new Echo Plus is powered by Dolby with a 3-inch neodymium woofer and is paired with a 0.8-inch tweeter, and will deliver much louder sound than the predecessor. It can also integrate with Ring and ADT alarm systems, according to Amazon.

Other companies have tried to imitate Amazon's success.

The Echo Plus ($229) gets an upgrade with better sound.

One of the more impressive demonstrations during the presentation was Alexa's ability to know the context in which a person was asking it something. Alexa Routine is a brand new feature that allows you to customize your daily routine. And it will include Skype compatibility for video calls (!).

Music is "the anchor tenant for Alexa", said Amazon devices Senior Vice President Dave Limp at an event held in Amazon's Spheres. There's no speaker here, so the Echo Input is just 12.5mm tall. Thus, the tiny Echo Auto has eight microphones in an effort to better hear you.

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