Amazon Echo Frames Get Enhancements, Now Available to Everyone
Amazon’s Echo Frames are now available for anyone to buy, and they’re getting improvements in audio quality, longer battery life, new colors, and more features. Amazon announced that Echo Frames equipped with Alexa will be updated and are no longer in beta. They were introduced last year as a Day 1 Edition product and were only available by invitation. There is also support for calendars and group messages in the second generation Echo Frames. They are available to pre-order now and will begin shipping on December 10. Meanwhile, the Echo Loop, a smart ring with Alexa support, will be discontinued.
The enhanced echo frames are priced at $ 249.99 (roughly Rs. 18,500) and they are for sale in the US, although their international availability is unclear as of now. They are now available in three color options: Modern Tortoise, Horizon Blue, and Classic Black.
Amazon said than the battery life of the upgraded Eco frames it has improved; it is now up to 40 percent longer. According to the listing on Amazon, Echo Frames provide two hours of talk time and interactions with Alexa, or four hours of uninterrupted media playback, on a full charge. A new feature also turns the frames off when placed upside down for three seconds, further helping to increase battery life.
The updated Echo Frames will deliver richer, fuller sound through improved open-ear technology, according to Amazon. The volume can now be set to automatically adjust at the start of playback based on the selected listening profile and ambient noise level.
With Echo Frames, you can make calls, set reminders, listen to podcasts, add to your to-do list, get the news, or control your smart home devices without plugging your ears. Echo Frames direct sound to your ears while minimizing what others can hear. Frames also support access to Google Assistant and Siri from compatible devices.
While Echo Frames come with non-corrective lenses, they are compatible with most prescription lenses. Amazon has a guide to help with that.
Customers who owned Echo Frames Day 1 Edition will be able to upgrade their frames for $ 70 (approximately Rs. 5,200). While Echo loop being discontinued, Amazon said customers with the product will continue to receive updates and support.