It’s a day of Echo speakers: Amazon just announced a new Echo Plus speaker, in addition to a second-generation Echo and Echo Connect speaker phone.
The new Echo Plus is set apart, though: its abilities double as a smart home hub, one that connects to various wireless protocols to set up and control connected home gadgets and appliances.
The Echo Plus was built with Amazon’s “second-generation far-field microphones,” said Dave Limp, Amazon’s senior vice president of devices. It has the same 360-degree sound as previous Echo speakers, but with one key addition: it supports Dolby sound.
In a demonstration of the Echo Plus’ smart home capabilities, Limp used Alexa, Amazon’s voice-controlled assistant, to tell the Echo Plus to “discover…