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Amazon makes Alexa your smart home supervisor with Echo Plus

One step closer to that dream of a voice-controlled, sci-fi future home
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27 September 2017 / 20:41BST
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The Amazon Echo already plays nicely with plenty of smart home kit, but the new Echo Plus is meant to be an all-in-one home hub. Sure, this new version gets a few sound upgrades over the original Echo, but the real focus here is on connected kit, with all the wireless protocols and invisible handshakes you need to hook up a whole range of products from different companies. It even comes with a free Philips Hue smart light bulb to get you started. So just like a dealer giving you the first taste for free - the rest'll cost ya. Still, that's not a bad deal for £139 - a tenner cheaper than the original Echo. Pre-orders go live today, and should be arriving soon after on October 31.

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