Amazon Introduces New $90 Echo Show, Adds Privacy Controls to Alexa

Amazon will let you delete your voice history with Alexa

That provides some visible reassurance that the camera can't see what's going on in the room, alongside the promise that hitting the microphone mute button also electronically disables the video functionality.

Just like its bigger variant the Echo Show 5 can take both audio and visual cues, to complete tasks with Amazon's own AI assistant, Alexa.

Echo Show 5 has a much compact design than previous Amazon Echo Show devices, thanks to its smaller 5.5-inch display.

Amazon on Wednesday also launched a new Alexa Privacy Hub, a dedicated section of its site where users can review how Alexa and Echo devices work.

Connect with video calling and messaging - Call friends and family who have the Alexa app, an Echo device with a screen, or Skype. Amazon says new commands like "Alexa, delete everything I said today" and future options like "Alexa, delete what I just said", will allow users to erase records of recent interactions with the voice assistant.

With the Echo Show 5, the company has addressed the recently raised privacy concerns against its smart speaker.

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The new Echo Show device also comes with additional privacy protections, having a built-in camera shutter, while still being able to talk to Alexa.

'Simply say, "Alexa, delete everything I said today" and the respective recordings will be deleted, ' Amazon said. And CNET reported that even after users delete Alexa voice recordings, a text record of that information lingers on Amazon's servers. The last Alexa device created to reside on the bedside table, Echo Spot, did not include a physical shutter to cover the camera.

There are two new commands, one that should be available now, and another that's "coming soon" that will make it possible to delete the last thing you said.

Depending on where you are in the world, you can now access TV and video through the Echo Show from the likes of Prime Video, NBC, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, and more - some of these are available via Alexa skills, while others like YouTube will need to be accessed via the Show's browser. Don't want to pay over $200 for an Echo Show?

Control your smart home - Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display.


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