New features include how-to videos from wikiHow, updated smart home controls, customisable morning and evening routines, and new privacy features
Amazon seems to have made another attempt in combining the smart apeaker with video streaming and calling abilities in India. The brand has introduced its latest member to the Amazon Echo family in India. The highlights of Amazon Echo Show 5 include a camera shutter, a 5.5-inch smart screen and a lowered price tag.
“Customers love the screen complementing Alexa on the Echo Show. The Echo Show 5 now makes it easier and more affordable to have a smart display in every home. The new form factor is perfect for a bedside table, living room side table or desk, plus it has a camera shutter for added peace of mind, and new Alexa privacy features for even more control,” said Parag Gupta, head of Amazon Devices, India.
The camera shutter!
It is to be noted here that Amazon had first launched the Echo Show model at an MRP of Rs 22,999 in India. Amazon Echo Show, as against Echo Show 5’s specifications, features a 10.1-inch HD screen. However, there is no camera shutter equipped in the Echo Show model. Amazon’s latest offering, Echo Show 5, carries a price tag of Rs 8,999.
A lot of people have shared their thoughts of a always active camera being present in their private spaces. Amazon may have taken the message seriously and equipped Amazon Echo Show 5 with an inbuilt camera shutter.
More features through Alexa
Amazon Echo Show 5 features, as explained by the company through an official statement read as following.
With rich and full sound, Echo Show 5 is great for watching music videos from Hungama by saying, “Alexa, play latest music videos”. Catch up on your favorite shows and videos from Prime Video, or short news clips from Aaj Tak, NDTV and more. Kids can have fun with Alexa skills like ChuChu TV and Vir The Robot Boy. Coming soon, a new integration with wikiHow will allow access to hundreds of how-to videos by voice—all you have to do is ask to learn how to open a tight jar, clean a convection oven, make a paper crane, or solve a Rubik’s Cube.
Echo Show 5 also has a rich sound. Listen to your favorite songs from Amazon Music, Saavn, Gaana, Hungama Music, TuneIn, and more. Simply say, “Alexa, play party songs” to play music for your dinner party.
Connect with family and friends
Stay in touch with your closest friends and family with hands-free video calls to those who have an Echo Spot, Echo Show, the Alexa App, or Skype. Plus, with Echo Show 5 in multiple rooms of your home, you can easily drop in on another room or make an announcement that dinner is ready.
New ways to control your smart home
A new smart home dashboard on all Echo Show devices gives you even more control over compatible smart home devices and groups. Simply say, “Alexa, turn on the lights,” and use the on-screen controls to adjust the light’s color or brightness. You can also view your smart home camera feed, access recently used devices, and manage smart devices by room.
Expanded routines with Alexa
Now, you can customise your morning and evening routines with Alexa. Set an alarm at night and Alexa will ask if you’d like to listen to nature or sleep sounds to relax. 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 using a smart plug to switch-ON the Geyser 15 minutes after your alarm goes off, or one that gives you weather forecast, and morning news when you say “Alexa, start my day.”
Personalise your experience
Choose from all-new clock faces or add a personal photo from your latest vacation to make the home screen unique to you and your family. You can also connect to your Facebook account and play a slideshow of your photos, view a specific album or set your photos to rotate in the background. Plus, the new ambient lighting mode auto-adjusts the brightness of the screen based on the brightness of the room—so it’s never too bright or too dark. To get even more from your Alexa experience, swipe left from the far right side of the screen to access shortcuts and discover all that Alexa can do—from smart home controls to recipes, reminders, skills and more.
Privacy by design
Echo devices are built with multiple layers of privacy protections. As with all Echo Show devices, the new Echo Show 5 includes a microphone/camera off button that electrically disconnects both the microphone and camera, and a clear visual indicator that shows when audio or video is streaming to the cloud. Plus, Echo Show 5 has a built-in camera shutter so now you can easily cover the camera, while still being able to talk to Alexa.
Coming soon, a new Alexa Privacy Hub will offer a single source of information on how Echo devices are designed as well as the controls you have over your Alexa experience. It will also be easier than ever before to delete your voice recordings on all Alexa-enabled devices—all you have to do is ask. Customers will be able to say “Alexa, delete what I just said” or “Alexa, delete everything I said today” and the respective recordings will be deleted.