Amazon Releases Echo Show 5, Adds New Privacy Features
Amazon today introduced its new smart display, the Echo Show 5 for $89.99 – a move that many are calling a follow up to the recently released Google Nest Hub. While Amazon dominates the smart speaker market, this product is a nice safety measure to make sure they remain in that top spot.
Despite this being only the third generation Echo Show, its bears the name Echo Show 5 because of its 5.5-inch display. Its compact size makes it ideal for a bedside table or a desk. The Echo Show 5 allows users to pull recipes, play music from Apple Music, Spotify or Amazon Music, check the weather and so much more simply by making requests to the infamous Alexa. The device will not be able to play YouTube content however (at least not yet), as the two companies have only made common ground of the Fire TV devices.
Smart home control is also available with the Echo Show 5 via voice command. Users will have access to the many features of their home including lights, security cameras, and thermostats. When it’s not in use, the interface of the Echo Show 5 can display photos and images that fit with a home’s aesthetic.
To ensure the utmost level of privacy, the Echo Show 5 allows users to turn off the microphone and camera with the press of a button. Amazon also announced a new feature today that allows for total deletion of voice recordings. Simply say “Alexa, delete everything I said today” or “Alexa, forget what I just said” and the device will delete the requested voice queries from Amazon’s servers. The company has not disclosed whether or not the new commands will erase metadata, but has confirmed that transactional type data won’t go anywhere. All of this data can be accessed via the “Alexa Privacy Hub” where users can select various settings for their Echo devices.
Along with the $89.99 device itself, a magnetic stand is also available for an additional $19.99. The Echo Show 5 is available for pre-order now, and will begin shipping to the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Canada, New Zealand and Australia in June. It'll ship to India sometime in July, and will arrive in Mexico in the near future as well.