Amazon gives voice-enabled speaker a screen, video calling

You'll need to be calling another Echo Show owner, at least for now, in order for them to work. With the Show, the company announced video calling for the device as well as free voice calling and messaging on the Alexa platform to all Echo devices, as well as the Alexa app, which can be used on iOS and Android.

Once you do, it's simply a case of using your voice to place a call to someone with an Echo device or the Alexa app on their phone or tablet. That same screen can also play news videos (with commentary from news organisations), along with support for Prime Photos and Prime Music.

The 7-inch touchscreen covers most of the device, but there's also a camera on the top and Dolby-powered speakers on the bottom, along with eight microphones hidden within. The difference is that the Echo Show features a screen, which allows users to make and receive video calls. The can also choose which Echo Show in their house are available for drop in.

The second new Echo device to be announced in the last few weeks, following the Echo Look, the Show is another indication that Amazon is looking to push its Alexa platform as fast as it can, before the likes of Google and Apple can catch up. Only $50 more for everything the Echo Show promises to offer?

Now available for pre-order, the Echo Show retails for $230 and will begin shipping on June 28, 2017.

HollywoodLifers, do you want an Amazon Echo Show?

Amazon's new speaker is called Echo Show. As had been previously tipped, the device forgoes the cylindrical form factor of its predecessor and instead is an intercom-like gadget featuring a touchscreen display.

Ask Alexa to show you the front door or monitor the baby's room with compatible cameras from Ring and Arlo.

With the Echo Show, the e-commerce giant will continue to dominate the voice-enable speakers market, which is expected to grow by almost 130% this year.

The Amazon Echo Snow costs $229.99 and apart from the display, comes with all the standard features you'd expect from an Echo product.

Additionally, the device will come equipped with the ability to make free video calls to friends or family members who have an Echo or the Alexa App.

The market for voice-assisted speakers is small, but growing.