“We might never see an event like that one again.” So muttered my CNET News colleague Ben Fox Rubin as we left Amazon’s Day One offices in Seattle this Thursday. The online mega-retailer had just dropped more than a dozen new devices on us over the course of a presentation that only ran about an hour long. That’s an average of one new product announcement every four or five minutes. Don’t believe me? Check the play by play for yourself. The dizzying news day left us device drunk as we scrambled to snap photos and get the specs straight. Now, in the weekend after, we’re only beginning to work through the hardware hangover. But let’s step back a bit from the razzle dazzle of this week’s avalanche of gizmos. Yes, Amazon’s team showed us an awful lot, but there’s also a lot that they didn’t show us — and some of those omissions might offer clues as to where Alexa’s headed next. New hardware? Kinda sorta… Yes, there are lots and lots of new Amazon gadgets this week. But how many of them are gamechangers? The Echo Dot and Echo Plus both got fabric-bodied re-designs, and the new, bigger Dot should offer slightly stronger sound quality, too. But remember, the last time Amazon dropped a new Dot on us, the company slashed the price almost in half. This time around, there’s no price cut at all — not for the Dot, and not for the Plus, either, which still feels overpriced to… [Read full story]
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