The original Amazon Echo lineup of tiered-speaker heights reminded us of Starbucks coffee sizes (grande, venti, and trenta), but now, it’s added a two more Echo devices to the mix.
And they have radically different designs and purposes.
Amazon makes a cylindrical, internet-connected speaker called Echo, which doubles as a personal, cloud-based assistant, addressed as Alexa. It launched in the US in 2015, and it launched into Europe and the UK in autumn 2016. Alongside Echo, Amazon also offers two sibling speakers that debuted in March 2016 in the US, called Amazon Tap and Echo Dot, the latter of which has now been replaced with a refreshed model.
Fast forward a year, and Amazon has expanded the Echo line again. There’s the Echo Look, which includes a hands-free camera and offers up style advice, and there’s the Echo Show, which also has a camera as well as a touchscreen in order to add more functionality to your Alexa queries.
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