Amazon introduced a new addition to the Echo Show family called the Echo Show 5. With a smaller design, the Echo Show 5 offers a 5.5-inch display, onboard speakers, an HD camera, Alexa support, and a built-in camera shutter. The Echo Show 5 costs $89, significantly less than previous Echo Show models. Amazon also introduced several new privacy features, which are now available on other Alexa enabled devices as well.
“Since we launched the first Echo Show device, customers have told us they love asking Alexa to show them things—whether it’s a recipe for banana bread, their shopping list, or music lyrics. With Echo Show 5, we’ve made it even easier and affordable for customers to add a smart display to every room of their house,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “The compact form factor is perfect for a bedside table or desk, plus it has a camera shutter for added peace of mind, and new Alexa privacy features for even more control.”
The Echo Show 5 is available in Charcoal and Sandstone for $89.99 at amazon.com/echoshow5.
The Echo Show 5 allows users to stream music, watch music videos, or get other content from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, and other services. You can also use the Echo Show 5 to watch video content, either from network apps or from Amazon’s own Prime Video.
The newly designed smart home dashboard is available on all Echo Show devices, and it gives users greater control over their smart home. Users can still say simple commands like “Alexa, turn on the lights,” but you can also use the on-screen controls to adjust the light’s brightness or turn it off. The screen adds another layer of functionality and control. You can also view your smart home camera feed, check on the thermostats, access recently used devices, and manage smart devices by groups. The screen also lets you check in on Ring cameras at the door, or see your Arlo baby camera. Since the Echo Show 5 has two-way talk functionality, you can talk to people at the front door with Ring doorbell cameras, or contact other people on other devices.
Hands-free video calling is still available on the new Echo Show. You can do this with anyone else that has an Echo Spot or Echo Show device, the Alexa App, or the Skype application. If you have multiple Echo 5 devices, you can “drop in” to another room to talk to someone or make an announcement.
The new Echo Show 5 includes a microphone/camera off button that electronically disconnects both the microphone and camera. There is also a clear visual indicator that shows when audio or video is streaming to the cloud. The Echo Show 5 has a built-in camera shutter so you can easily cover the camera, while still being able to talk to Alexa.
Amazon also confirmed that you can also delete your voice recordings at any time on all Alexa-enabled devices by saying, “Alexa, delete everything I said today.” A new Alexa Privacy Hub also offers a single source of information on how Echo devices are designed and the controls you have over your Alexa experience.
The Echo Show also allows users to customize their morning and evening routines with Alexa. Users can set a nighttime routine that turns off your bedroom lamp and starts playing nature or sleep sounds for relaxation. When your alarm goes off in the morning, wake up to an Alexa Sunrise—the screen on Echo Show devices will naturally brighten and display a sunrise animation before your alarm goes off. You can also create a routine that starts the coffee pot 10 minutes after your alarm goes off, or one that gives you the weather forecast, morning news, and an email update when you say, “Alexa, start my day.”
The device offers several new clock faces, and you can add a personal photo to the home screen to customize the display even further. Users can also connect their Facebook account and play a slideshow of their photos, view a specific album, or set your photos to rotate in the background. Amazon also stated that a new ambient lighting mode auto-adjusts the screen brightness based on the lighting in the room.
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