Echo:, Inc. Entry Into The Smart Home

Besides being a personal assistant, the device also functions as a portable MP3 player. Users can connect their phone or tablet using Bluetooth to play any audio through Echo. It can play music from Pandora, Amazon Prime Music, iHeart Radio, TuneIn, and more. Other web services include synchronization with Google calendar, and IFTTT integration. Users can create a chain of simple conditional commands, which are triggered from events on platforms such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, and Craigslist.

Also, one can ask and Echo anything and it will provide them with a vast array of information. Echo can sound voice-activated alarms or timers, narrate lists, play audiobooks, inform the user about traffic conditions and their commute time, sports scores, and schedules of various leagues.

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