Amazon unveils its 4th generation Echo

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Amazon announced the fourth generation version of its main Echo smart speaker, bringing a new spherical design and better sound performance. But the biggest change is a new on-device speech recognition module that will locally process your audio on the Echo itself, making your requests faster than ever.

One of the biggest additions to the new Echo is what Amazon calls the AZ1 Neural Edge silicon module, which will process the audio of your voice requests using local machine-learning speech recognition algorithms before they start. ‘send the command to the cloud. The process promises to save hundreds of milliseconds in response time for your Echo.

Amazon says the new Echo will combine the functionality of the third-generation Echo and the Echo Plus, and will feature a built-in hub for the Zigbee smart home, in addition to working with Amazon Sidewalk, the local area network system of the business.

It will be available in three colors: charcoal, chalk and steel blue.

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