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Samsung Galaxy S20 sales see flagship getting $200 discount

Samsung has dropped the price of its Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20+ phones by some $200 at a couple of major retailers. With the discount it puts the starting prices of each model at just $800 and $1,000, respectively.

Whether related to the coronavirus or not, the lower price comes quickly. The phones were just released a few weeks back (March 6) so the timing is interesting.

Given the current economic uncertainty, and the fact that people aren’t all too excited to fork over huge chunks of money right now, we can understand why Samsung might drop the price.

It’s not clear how long Samsung will keep this price down. It hasn’t exactly advertised the $200 discount so we’d assume it’s short term.

If you want to take advantage of the major savings, head to Amazon and Best Buy before it ends. Look for the phone in a variety of colors and storage options.

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Just $30, this bundle can put you on the path to serious money with AWS

Cloud computing is growing in popularity, and an increasing number of businesses are embracing it. Just about every major business has a go-to person for IT and back-end administrative technology.

The ever-changing structure of how work is done creates huge opportunities, particularly for aspiring IT professionals and developers. Amazon Web Services is the perhaps the biggest name in the space, offering its leading cloud computing platform with reliable and scalable services. AWS cloud services are where it’s at.

The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a 4-piece set of training around AWS architecture and development. Valued upwards of $8,000, we’re offering it for just $30, a savings of more than 95 percent.


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There are nearly 130 lessons spread out over more than nine hours of education awaiting you. You’ll start with a general understanding of what AWS is and how it works and then move into more specifics.

Once you come out the other side of this online training you’ll be prepared to sit for certification exams — and pass them the first time.

Your full bundle includes:

  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 1: Continuous Delivery & Automation
  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 2: Basics of Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 3: AWS Identity & Access Management
  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 4: Basics of High Availability & Elasticity

Where to buy

You can purchase the entire Complete AWS Dev & Ops Certification Training Bundle for just $30 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Hurry, though, this incredible deal will not last forever. If you want the 96% discount, you will need to act fast.

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If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.

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Just $30, this bundle can put you on the path to serious money with AWS

Cloud computing is growing in popularity, and an increasing number of businesses are embracing it. Just about every major business has a go-to person for IT and back-end administrative technology.

The ever-changing structure of how work is done creates huge opportunities, particularly for aspiring IT professionals and developers. Amazon Web Services is the perhaps the biggest name in the space, offering its leading cloud computing platform with reliable and scalable services. AWS cloud services are where it’s at.

The AndroidGuys Deals Store has a 4-piece set of training around AWS architecture and development. Valued upwards of $8,000, we’re offering it for just $30, a savings of more than 95 percent.


SEE ALSO


There are nearly 130 lessons spread out over more than nine hours of education awaiting you. You’ll start with a general understanding of what AWS is and how it works and then move into more specifics.

Once you come out the other side of this online training you’ll be prepared to sit for certification exams — and pass them the first time.

Your full bundle includes:

  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 1: Continuous Delivery & Automation
  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 2: Basics of Amazon CloudWatch
  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 3: AWS Identity & Access Management
  • AWS DevOps Engineer Professional 4: Basics of High Availability & Elasticity

Where to buy

You can purchase the entire Complete AWS Dev & Ops Certification Training Bundle for just $30 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store. Hurry, though, this incredible deal will not last forever. If you want the 96% discount, you will need to act fast.

Best Sellers

Earn Credits!

For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.

First Time Buying?

If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.

Free Stuff

Not looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

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Amazon Cyber Monday: Dirt Cheap Echo, Echo Dot, Fire, Fire TV, and more

We’re officially into the season of discounted shopping. Black Friday is in the rear view mirror and Cyber Monday is underway. And, while it is nearly impossible to keep up with every single deal that crosses our path, we’re doing what we can to highlight the best stuff. Here, we’ll take a look at what Amazon has in store as far is its own products.


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Amazon Cyber Monday deals are no joke. If you’ve been holding out on purchasing an Echo, Fire, or Kindle, you’ll do no better than to grab one from Amazon right now

Echo

Echo Dot Kids Edition & Fire Tablet Bundles

Amazon Black Friday deals also see the retailer offering the Smart Plug for just $5 with the purchase of any Echo device, a savings of $20.

Fire Tablets

Fire TV

Ring

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Cavalier Maverick Alexa speaker review: Style comes at a cost

There is no shortage of speakers on the market these days that support Alexa. As the market grows we see more and more competition trying to find a way to stand out. Cavalier is throwing its hat in the ring with the Maverick speaker using premium materials and a fashionable design. Let’s see if Cavalier can deliver more than just a good looking speaker.

Design

The Cavalier Maverick is hands down one of the most beautiful and well-built speakers I’ve ever used. Using a mix of metal, fabric, and leather together with a classic style the Maverick stands out in the best of ways.

Cavalier put an astounding amount of thought into the design of the Maverick speaker paying attention to even the smallest details. From the chamfered edges, to the touch controls, to even including a C shaped charging contact on the bottom of the speaker.


The speaker itself is solid with a nice hefty weight, reinforcing even further that it is a premium product. The front, sides, and top of the speaker are all clean with beautiful lines allowing the design of the speaker to truly shine. The top features a knob that allows you to adjust the volume and doubles as touch controls for music or activating Alexa.


The back of the speaker is where all of the buttons are hiding including the power button, mute switch, and toggles for Bluetooth and WiFi. The USB-C charging port is also found on the back. Finally, a company who uses the modern USB-C standard instead of micro USB. This is just one of the many ways Cavalier demonstrates they are a company that is all about combining style and modern tech.

In case it wasn’t obvious the Maverick speaker is a portable speaker. Which is why there is an included base that is also used for charging the speaker and the charging contacts on the bottom. I’ve used portable smart speakers in the past but they all required to be manually plugged in to charge and used micro USB.

Once again Cavalier shows how much thought went into every detail when designing the Maverick. Using the charging stand was so far superior to plugging and unplugging the speaker repeatedly. There is even an included carrying case for when you want to take it on the go. Put simply, I was blown away by the design of the Cavalier Maverick, the attention to every detail, and how well it was built.

If I had one small nitpick about the design it would be that the leather on the front was not distressed as it is shown in some of their product photos. That’s not a big deal just a minor nitpick if you were hoping for that distressed look.

Features

The Cavalier Maverick speaker is powered by Amazon’s Alexa assistant making it a highly capable smart speaker. The microphones never had any trouble hearing me, even from across the room. While it had no trouble hearing me, it did seem to take a second or two longer to respond than my Echo Dot.

With the power of Alexa you can use one of its thousands of skills to control your smart home, play music, play games, ask questions, and much more. Unfortunately, it is not as fully featured as Amazon’s own Alexa powered speakers. There are key features that are left out of the experience such as making calls, sending messages, announcements, and drop in. This could be a deal breaker for some of you out there.

However, if you’re only looking to play music, control your smart home, or play games then it is perfectly suited for that.

App

In order to set up the speaker initially, it requires installing the Cavalier app. Not only is this used to set up your Maverick but it also allows customizing of your speaker. With the app, you’ll be able to reassign the tap controls, adjust the treble and bass, update the firmware, turn on Alexa tones, control music playback, and more. This also includes the ability to playback music on your local network.

The app is designed well providing many extra features but I found myself rarely opening it after setting up Alexa and updating the firmware. Regardless, I still appreciate Cavalier going the extra mile and making their speaker more functional.

Sound Quality

The Maverick provides a clear and full sound with a nice balance between the highs, mids, and lows. Music had a consistent clarity throughout the volume range without highs becoming piercing or any distortion. My only complaint would be the bass response can be slightly weak.

Even tweaking the settings in the app couldn’t help the bass overcome the highs and mids. If you’re someone who is hoping for a bit more impact in the low end, you could end up disappointed.

Battery

Cavalier rates the Maverick for up to 10 hours of playback on battery power. This, of course, depends on what you use the speaker for, whether you have Wifi or Bluetooth enabled, and the volume you use the speaker at while on battery power. In my experience, over the past few weeks, it is easily able to last me a few hours while on the go before getting it back to the charging base.

Final Thoughts

The Cavalier Maverick is one of the most stylish and well built smart speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. Despite the fashionable design, it can leave a little to be desired when it comes to bass and some of Alexa’s extra features.

This becomes a little too much to overlook when the Maverick carries a $300 price tag. For that price, you could pick up two fully featured Amazon Echo Plus speakers with built-in Zigbee smart hubs. Unfortunately, as much as I loved the design of the Cavalier Maverick, unless you truly need a fantastic looking well built portable Alexa speaker, you would be better off going with a cheaper alternative.

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The ultimate Cyber Monday 2018 deals guide

The holiday shopping season is in full force! Last week we saw some amazing deals for Grey Thursday and Black Friday. Now, this week kicks off with some amazing Cyber Monday deals too.

We’re going to list some of the best deals we’ve found around the internet here, but we’ve also left up our Black Friday deals as well. We know that some of these deals are expired, but there are a fair bit of deals that you can still get today. We’ve separated the two deal days so there’s no confusion.

Happy hunting!

Cyber Monday

Amazon

Best Buy

B&H Photo

AT&T

Sprint

T-Mobile

Verizon

Black Friday

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+Unlocked Phones

Verizon (Effective November 22)

AT&T (Effective November 18)

T-Mobile (Effective November 18)

Sprint (Effective November 18)

Obviously that’s not all, as Samsung is also offering a range of discounts on:

  • Tablets
  • Wearables
  • Wireless charger
  • Appliances
  • Televisions
  • Home Security

Huawei

Phones (Effective November 18)

  • Huawei Mate SE $219.00 – $30 OFF (available online at Walmart, and Walmart stores, as well as Amazon, Newegg and B&H)

Wearables (Effective November 18)

  • Huawei Watch 2 Sport $169.99 – $90 OFF (available online at Amazon, Newegg and B&H)
  • Huawei Watch 2 Classic $199.99 – $100 OFF (available online at Amazon, Newegg and B&H)

Laptops/Tablets (Effective November 18)

  • MateBook X Pro (i7 only) $1,349 – $150 OFF (available online at Amazon, Newegg and B&H)
  • MediaPad M5 (8.4”, 10.8” and 10.8” Pro) starting at $279 – $40 OFF on all models (available online at Amazon and Newegg)

Honor

Phones (Effective between November 23-26)

  • Honor View10 $349 – $150 OFF (available at Amazon as “Deal of the Day)

Cat

Phones (Effective between November 20-30)


OnePlus

OnePlus 6 $429 – $100 OFF

  • 50% off OnePlus 6 accessories
  • 50% off OnePlus 5T accessories
  • 50% off OnePlus 5 accessories
  • OnePlus 6T offer coming this Friday (subscribe to be notified)

Mobvoi

24-hour Thanksgiving Day Promo

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

  • TicWatch Pro $199.99 – $50 OFF (available on Amazon w/coupon)
  • TicPods Free $99.99 – $30 OFF (available on Amazon w/coupon)

Master & Dynamic

  • Orders under $500 get 20% off with promo code BFD20
  • Orders over $500 get 30% off with promo code BFD30

Black Friday deals at Master & Dynamic exclude the MW07 true wireless earphones. Although if you order one, you can get a personalized monogram ($30) at checkout.


Withings

  • Withings Steel smartwatch $80 – $50 OFF
  • Withings Steel HR smartwatch $126 – $54 OFF
  • Withings Steel HR Sport smartwatch $199.95 + free premium wristband
  • Sleep Tracking Mat: Buy one, get one with 50% off
  • Home HD Camera $80 – $120 OFF
  • Leather wristbands: 50% off all models

Check the full list of deals here.


Lume

Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal


Mujjo (Effective between November 22-26)

  • 25% discount on all products on mujjo.com with coupon #25off

Kano


Mobile Fun

Mobile Fun is offering 132 deals for Black Friday and you can check out them in full here. Here are a few examples of the savings you can get:


Taotronics & RAVPower

Headphones

Chargers

USB C Hubs


Barnes & Noble

For more deals check here.


Amazon

Echo

Echo Dot Kids Edition & Fire Tablet Bundles

Fire

Ring

For more deals on Amazon check here.


Target

For more Black Friday deals at target check here.


Meijer

For more Black Friday deals at Meijer check here.


T-Mobile

  • Get a free Samsung Galaxy S9 or $750 off a Galaxy S9 Plus/Galaxy Note 9 via 36-month bill credits when you add a line and trade in an eligible device
  • Get a Samsung Galaxy S8 free or up to $750 off a Samsung Galaxy S8 Active when you add a line and trade in an eligible phone
  • Get a free OnePlus 6T via 24 bill credits when you add a line and trade in an eligible device
  • Get a free LG G7 or $750 off a LG V40 via 24 bill credits when you add a line and trade in an eligible device
  • Get a free REVVL 2 or $168 off the REVVL 2 Plus via 24 bill credits when you add a line
  • Buy a Samsung Galaxy Watch and get 50% off via 24 bill credits when you add a paired DIGITS line
  • Samsung Gear IconX 2018 $129.99 – $50 OFF
  • JBL Link 20 $99.99 – $100 OFF
  • JBL Link 300 $124.99 – $125 OFF
  • Skullcandy Ink’d $39.99 – $10 OFF
  • UE Blast $99.99 – $80 OFF
  • UE MEGABLAST $229.99 – $50 OFF
  • UE WONDERBOOM $59.99 – $40 OFF

Verizon

  • Get $400 off the best Android phones on the market – Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Galaxy Note 9 and LG V40 – without having to trade in your current phone. (Starts online Thursday, ends Friday)
  • Take $200 off any other Android phone that is $400 or more with no trade-in required (Starts online Thursday, ends Sunday)
  • Get $150 off Palm on a two-year contract or device payment when you purchase an eligible smartphone. (Starts online Thursday, ends Friday)

Sprint

  • Galaxy Note 9 for $20/month (with new line of service and 18-month lease)
  • Galaxy S9 for $5/month (with new line of service and 18-month lease)
  • Galaxy S9+ for $10/month (with new line of service and 18-month lease)

AT&T

  • Google Home speakers – $50 OFF (starting Thursday)
  • Orbi Home Wi-Fi system – up to $70 OFF (starts Thursday)
  • 75% off the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 + $200 in credits with eligible smartphone trade in
  • Get the LG K30, Moto G6, Samsung Galaxy J3 or Galaxy J7 for free when purchased on AT&T Next with wireless.

Check out the whole list of Black Friday deals at AT&T here.


Best Buy


Walmart

For all the online deals at Walmart go here.

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Amazon Black Friday 2018: Huge discounts on Echo, Fire, and more

We’re just days away from Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and a whole season of discounted shopping. And, while it is nearly impossible to keep up with every single deal that crosses our path, we’re doing what we can to highlight the best stuff. Here, we’ll take a look at what Amazon has in store as far is its own products.


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Amazon Black Friday deals are no joke. If you’ve been holding out on purchasing an Echo, Fire, or Kindle, you’ll do no better than to grab one from Amazon on Thursday or Friday.

Echo

Echo Dot Kids Edition & Fire Tablet Bundles

Amazon Black Friday deals also see the retailer offering the Smart Plug for just $5 with the purchase of any Echo device, a savings of $20.

Fire

Ring

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Amazon intros $50 Fire TV Stick 4K, new Alexa voice remote

Amazon on Wednesday announced its Fire TV Stick 4K, the company’s most powerful streaming media stick to date. Moreover, it introduced the Alexa Voice Remote, which is included with the Fire TV Stick 4K; the bundle retails for $49.99.

As the name implies, the Fire TV Stick 4K gains 4K video streaming capabilities. Moreover, it is the first streaming media stick available with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. Comprised of a stick that plugs into your HDMI port and a remote, the package is everything you need to stream content from your favorite providers.

Using a combination of Bluetooth, multidirectional infrared technology, and a cloud-based Amazon service, the new Alexa Voice Remote is about as smart as it gets. Indeed, you can use your voice to control playback, search, and even other devices.

Amazon recently introduced a whole slew of products with Alexa integration; the new remote ties in quite nicely with those devices.

Why It Matters

Media streaming is an ever-expanding field with not only new hardware constantly arriving, but a growing number of services. For every long-term provider like Netflix and Hulu there’s a newer name in the space like Disney and ESPN.

On the product side of things Google has its various iterations of Cast/Home while Amazon has the Fire TV Stick line. Then there’s also Android TV, Roku, and other players with streaming capabilities.

Availability

The Fire TV Stick 4K is available for pre-order for $49.99 with shipping commencing October 31 in the US and Canada. The United Kingdom, Germany, and India will get their respective release a few weeks later (November 14) and Japan follows later this year.

The Alexa Voice Remote is available for pre-order for $29.99 and will start shipping on October 31 in the United States and Canada. Similar to the streaming stick, the UK, Germany, and India get their units on November 14 with Japan later this year.

Customers can also purchase the Amazon Fire TV Cube with the all-new Alexa Voice Remote for $119.99 with shipping beginning October 31.

The all-new Alexa Voice Remote is also available as a single remote for $29.99.

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What is two factor authentication?

Two-factor authentication is known by many names such as 2FA, two-step verification, multi-factor authentication, and more. No matter what name it goes by they all have one thing in common, requiring you to take a second step to verify you are the owner of an account.

Many of you have probably gone your whole lives using two-factor authentication without even realizing it. One of the best examples of this is when you make a purchase with your debit card and you enter your PIN.

Believe it or not, that is two-factor authentication in practice. By requiring you to not only have your card but also know a secret PIN code to prove the account belongs to you. If you’ve ever signed into an account online and been required to receive a security code via text, this is also 2FA.

Why You Should Use Two-Factor Authentication

If you’ve never used two-factor authentication before it’s time to change that. In the past, using only a username and password to protect our accounts was enough to make us feel secure. Unfortunately, as time goes on security breaches have become more common. Most times they include your username, password, and sometimes both.

I’m sure at some point in the past you’ve gotten an alert to update or change your password for a site or service you use. Either due to them being breached or because you used the same username or password on other sites that were breached.

Using two-factor authentication will not prevent this from happening. However, it will prevent someone from using the information in the breach from accessing your account until you’ve had time to update your username or password.

How does Two-Factor Authentication work?

After setting up two-factor authentication it begins the same as any other log in attempt. You start by entering your username and password and then you are forwarded to a page asking for a secondary code. Most times this is sent to you via text but you can also use a dedicated app for this such as Google Authenticator or Authy if it is supported.

The Google Authenticator or Authy apps can take over generating your secondary code without access to the internet and refresh automatically. If you are in an area with a spotty cell signal or internet connection this can be very beneficial.

In some cases, you may come across an app or service that does not support logging in with two-factor authentication. If this happens you’ll need to generate an app password from the original service such as Google. Generally, these can be generated on demand or you can print out a hard copy list to keep track of them.

Are there any downsides to using Two-Factor Authentication?

The truth is, adding another step to the login process is inconvenient. Each time you log into your account you will be prompted for a security code. You’ll then have to wait for the code to be texted to you and enter it before you can access your account. The codes often also expire within a set amount of time, generally around 60 seconds. If you miss this window of time then you’ll have to request another code.

This can be a hassle and we’re often looking for ways to make our lives more convenient not less. However, if you consider the damage that can be done and the trouble it would take to regain control of your account, I think you’ll realize the extra time 2FA takes is worth it.

The other downside is two-factor authentication is still not 100% secure. If someone has access to your username, password, and phone they can still sign into your accounts. There is also still the possibility that hackers can find a way to intercept your texts. It is up to you to ensure your username, password, and phone stays secure as well as changing your passwords often.

Where Should You Use Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication is something everyone should use on all of their important accounts. Whether it’s your social media accounts, Amazon, eBay, or Paypal. All of these services provide two-factor authentication. Any account online that includes personal information about you or is valuable to you should have 2FA enabled.

It is important to check how to enable 2FA for each of these sites and any other essential accounts you have online. Any time you hear someone say they’ve been hacked or their account was stolen most likely could have been prevented by enabling two-factor authentication. Below I’ve compiled a list of links to instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication on some of the most common sites.

While it is not perfect two-factor authentication provides another layer of protection between you and those who would try to access your accounts. The more layers you can put between nefarious people and your accounts the better. If you take the time to set it up now you’ll be grateful for the time and trouble it could save you in the future.

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Amazon introduces a truckload of new Echo devices including an upgraded smart display

Amazon this week took the world by surprise and announced over 70 new devices, customer features and developer tools across its Alexa, Echo and Fire TV platforms.

Amazon wants you to be able to access Alexa from everywhere in your house, office and even front your car or truck, so it has updated its line-up of with a wide range of Echo devices and companion devices.

Here are all the hardware novelties

All-new Echo Show

In response to Google’s upcoming smart display, Amazon unveiled the all-new Echo Show smart speaker. The second-generation device features a vibrant 10-inch screen, instead of the 7-inch one of its predecessor. It’s also wrapped in fabric, a design feature that makes us think of the Google Home family.

The upgrade also integrates a small home hub to allow users to control compatible Zigbee smart home devices. The product will ship with two 10W speakers, Dolby processing for fuller sound, as well as dual 2-inch premium drivers and a passive bass radiator. So compared to the first iteration, the all-new Echo Show should be able to offer big improvements in terms of sound quality.

The second-gen Echo Show is currently up for pre-order for $230. The product is expected to start shipping out on October 11.

All-new Echo Dot

Amazon also unveiled a beefier third-generation Echo Dot device. The new model integrates new fabric covers just like the new Echo Show and also boasts improved audio capabilities. Amazon says the new version is 70% louder.

However, other things haven’t changed on board the new Dot. You still get the basic user experience, complete with the same four-button layout. Interestingly enough, Amazon has removed three of the speaker’s microphones, leaving just four on board.

The all-new Echo Dot is now up for pre-order for $49.99. Shipments are set to commence on October 11, like in the case of the new Echo Show.

All-new Echo Plus

Amazon’s new range-topping speaker also features a new fabric-design. The product has also been updated with much clearer sound and more powerful bass. Moreover, Amazon has included a new temperature sensor, so users can now ask Alexa what the temperature in a room is.

Apart from that, the new Echo Plus retains the main features of last year’s model including the built-in smart home hub.

The device is currently available for pre-order for $149.99 (you’ll get a Philips Hue light bulb included).

Echo Auto

Amazon wants to take over your car as well, so it has unveiled the Echo Auto, a convenient way to get Alexa in your vehicle. This is a peripheral that uses your phone cellular connection (via a Bluetooth link) to offer the convenience of having Alexa in your car.

The device can use location-based routines to trigger certain actions based on where you are. For example, the lights can turn on in your living room, as you’re pulling into the driveway.

While Echo Auto is not yet a finished product, it will eventually cost $49.99. However, Amazon will be offering it at a discounted price of $24.99 for early users. Shipping is expected to start later in 2018.

On top of these fully-fledged Echo devices, Amazon also introduced a series of new Echo accessories, which include the following:

Echo Wall Clock

The Echo Wall Clock is a device that’s designed to display the timers you’ve set with Alexa. To do so, the Clock is using a ring of LEDs around the clock face to display your active timers.

The Echo Wall Clock does not feature any microphones, and it will connect with any Alexa devices you may have around the house via Bluetooth. The product will launch later this year for $29.99.

Echo Input

Amazon also introduced a small device that users can plug into any existing speaker to turn it into an Echo. It’s called Echo Input and comes bundling far-field microphones.

The Echo Input can be considered Amazon’s answer to Google’s Chromecast Audio. The device will sell for $34.99 and will become available next year in several markets across the globe including the US.

Echo Sub

The retail giant is really putting a focus on audio with its latest batch of devices. The company also unveiled the Echo Sub, which is a new subwoofer that can be paired with an existing Echo speaker. It has a total of 100W of power and includes a 6-inch woofer.

The device can be synced with up to two speakers at a time, for those who crave a stereo system-like experience. Customers will be able to get it for $129.99.

Echo Link and Link Amp

Last but not least, Amazon has launched the Echo Link, which is a device you can connect to existing amplifiers to get improved audio.

On top of that, the company has also pulled the wraps off the Link Amp which includes a 60-watt dual-channel amplifier. The two products don’t include microphones and are designed to work in tandem with existing Echo devices.

The Echo Link will go on sale for $199.99, while the Link Amp features a pretty considerable $299.99 price tag.

Why it matters

Amazon is striving to make Alexa a vital component of every-day life and with this new family of devices, the company is definitely one step closer to achieving its ambitious goal. Smart home connected devices are all the rage right now, and Amazon is doing everything it can to stay ahead of the competition. Speaking of which, we might get to see a bunch of new smart home products from Google too, soon enough.

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