Alexa only recently received the ability to help users call and message via voice commands and now Amazon has launched Echo Connect, a device that will work as a dedicated high-quality, hands-free speakerphone for your home phone line.
The Echo Connect, which available for pre-order at $34.99 and will start shipping on December 13, 2017, works with your existing landline or VoIP home phone service.
Whenever someone calls, Alexa will announce the name of the caller from your contacts list. You can place a call or answer a call without the touch of a button — by simply asking Alexa to do so.
“Echo Connect is easy to set up—simply connect it to your home Wi-Fi network and home phone jack or VoIP adapter, and use the Alexa app on your mobile phone to set up Echo Connect,” the company stated in the press release.
Alexa calling and messaging was announced four months ago and now the company is expanding the feature by including support for outbound calls to phone numbers within USA, Canada, and Mexico.
The company has also launched Echo Buttons to introduce a new gaming experience with Alexa. The small devices can be used by customers to play games with others using Alexa.
The illuminated Echo Buttons can be used to play a variety of multiplayer and interactive games. The company will be launching a number of titles and skills to go alongwith their new gaming device for Alexa.
These will include Trivial Pursuit from Hasbro, Sounds Fun with Mike Epps, Buzzer Beater Basketball Trivia with Karl-Anthony Towns, Fourth Down Football Trivia with Philip Rivers, Full Count Baseball Trivia with Buster Posey from Ground Control, as well as Beat the Intro from Musicplode.
Echo Buttons will come in packs of two, priced at $19.99, and are expected to be available during the upcoming winter holiday season.