Amazon is gearing up to release it’s newest flagship Alexa device – the Echo Show – this Wednesday. To give an idea of the capabilities of the latest Echo, Amazon has released multiple videos of the device on YouTube. The videos depict asking Alexa to add things to your shopping list, asking her what movies are playing, setting alarms and more.The videos are quick (at about 30-50 seconds each), but are more than enough time to give you an idea of what to expect from the device when accomplishing these tasks.
However, the videos also raise some interesting questions. For starters, it’s clear that this is going to be an entirely new way to interact with Alexa. But is that a good thing? In the movie trailer clip, you can see that the Echo Show is giving a operating tip on the bottom stating “Try Alexa, scroll right“. Since this is a touchscreen device, you could just scroll right with your finger. But to see the tip itself, you have to look at the screen to see it. Now we know what you’re thinking: when you have a touchscreen Alexa device, isn’t that the point?
The thing is, Amazon has spent the last few years letting people know (with help from Ferris Bueller and Dominos) that all you have to do to use Alexa is to speak to her, and she will execute your command – telling you when it’s done. But now when you ask Alexa what movies are playing, she will show you instead of telling you. The question becomes whether that adds a new layer of usefulness, or if it adds added complexities for everyday users to get useful things done with Amazon’s virtual assistant. We’ll have our answers on Wednesday when the device will be in our hands, and we’ll have the full review then.
You can find the full Echo Show YouTube playlist here.
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