Over in Seattle, Amazon has just announced a whole string of new Alexa products that will be arriving in the future - plus a bunch of improvements to the Alexa assistant itself. The thing is, as is always the case with these things, a lot of those products are only coming to the US. Which ones will we be able to buy for ourselves here in the UK?
Thankfully, and for once, Amazon has dished out a load of UK availability information right off the bat. Here's what we're getting, and how much they'll cost.
The centerpiece is, naturally, the new Amazon Echo which is set to come with better sounds and an 'updated fabric design' (whatever that means). It's got the same audio as the Echo Plus, a three-inch woofer, increased back volume that apparently improves bass.
It comes in four colours: Blue, Charcoal, Grey, and Sandstone, and will cost the same £90 as the current standard Echo model. It's available for pre-order now ready for a 16th October release.
The Echo Flex is a miniature plug-in smart speaker that lives inside any of the power sockets in your house. That way you have access to Alexa in every house except the bathroom, or possibly the garage/shed. it works as a standard Echo, and comes with a USB port to charge other devices without needing an extension cable.
It'll cost £25, and is available to pre-order now ready for a 14th November release.
The Echo Dot with clock is pretty self-explanatory. It's the same as the most recent Echo Dot, aside from the fact it has an LED clock built into the side. That clock also displays outdoor temperatures, timers, while the Dot itself has a snooze button built into the top. No more telling Alexa to shut the fuck up for waking you up in the morning.
The Echo Dot with clock will cost £60 when it arrives on 16th October. Pre-orders are open now.
The Echo Show 8 is similarly as self-explanatory, an Echo SHow with an 8-inch HD display. It does all the things other Echo Shows can do, and once again comes with a camera cover so you know Amazon employees or hackers won't be able to see you - even if they can still monitor your audio recordings.
It costs £120, arrives on 21st November, and is available to pre-order now.
The Echo Studio is more like Amazon's answer to Apple's Homepod, or Samsung's still-unreleased Galaxy Home. It has five directional speakers to offer 3D audio, and can sense the acoustics of the room to optimise the audio for the space it's sitting in. Sadly Native 3D audio is only available with an Amazon Music HD subscription, because of course it is.
It can also pair with selected Fire TV devices and other Echo Studios to offer 'audio playback with multi-channel sound and support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio™ 5.1, and stereo audio'. And there's a Zigbee smart home hub for you to control compatible smart home devices.
The Echo Studio will cost £190 when it's released on 7th November, and is available to pre-order right now.
Finally we have the long-rumoured Echo Buds, wireless earbuds with Alexa access that you can call upon anywhere you like. They're in-ear earbuds with Bose Active Noise Reduction, offer IPx4 sweat resistance, and have around five hours of music playback on their own. The charging case they come with holds enough power to recharge them a further three times.
Echo Buds will cost £120, though Amazon hasn't revealed when they'll be available. You can sign up for updates directly from Amazon if you're so inclined.