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After popularizing smart home speakers powered by voice-activated assistants, Amazon is planning to keep the lead intact. "The more you use Echo Show, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences". You'll also, of course, be able to do all the vocalized Amazon shopping which has occasionally been triggered by voices on TV.

But Dawson echoed comments made by other observers that the Echo Show "isn't attractive".

As you might expect, the Echo Show is compatible with a range of smart appliances, too, from brands such as "Ring, WeMo, Philips Hue, SmartThings, ecobee, and Wink". In other words, for now it sounds like you can't use your Echo Dot to call your friend's landline, but you can use it to call or message your friend if she has a smartphone with the Alexa App downloaded (and Alexa Calling enabled).

"I think Echo Show fits very well in the kitchen", said Carolina Milanesi, an analyst at Creative Strategies.

In a demonstration at Amazon's San Francisco offices, the Echo Show displayed full weather forecasts, news headlines and LeBron James highlights.

The Amazon Echo Show which ships in late June.                  Amazon
The Amazon Echo Show which ships in late June. Amazon

Echo Show has two Dolby-tuned speakers in the front, which Amazon says should fill a room and make listening to music or watching video better than with previous devices, and a front-facing camera. If it's correct, the image we've been seeing is of the new Amazon Echo Show. However, Echo Show will respond with both audio and video.

Amazon first ("amzn") debuted the Echo in 2015 as an alternative to using smartphones, tablets, and computers at home. Available June 28, it is priced at $229.99. And with regards to the same, all the insistent speculations and rumors have been proven true with the official debut of the much-awaited Echo with a touchscreen.

The Amazon Echo has received widespread acclaim for its design. The display can show results of voice searches - especially handy when looking for merchandise to order from amazon.com.

To retain its dominance, Amazon has introduced other features in a variety of Echo models.

Amazon and Google will get a new rival this fall: On Monday, Microsoft and Samsung's Harman business teased an upcoming speaker, called Invoke, powered by Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant.