Echo Plus

Hands-free voice-controlled speaker w/ smart home hub

Echo Plus is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice, with a built-in smart home hub. It connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, ask questions, make calls, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask.

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This chart comparing the various Echo devices is interesting. The Plus is clearly being billed as the central hub that connects all the others.
Did they seriously launch a hub without Z Wave support? That represents 90%+ of the home automation devices on the market that people will want to connect to the hub.
@arlogilbert Yeah I'm surprised that they only chose Zigbee. Maybe there will be Amazon-branded smart home devices using Zigbee coming soon?
I have an echo and I'd love to support Amazon's efforts but the lack of focus on the creation of better "skills" or enabling/encouraging more developers to contribute prevents my echo from being anything more than a glorified bluetooth speaker and kitchen timer and I am not willing to throw it in the trash and upgrade every few months to get new features. Amazon, your focus needs to be here -> https://www.amazon.com/b?node=13...