Amazon told us to expect big news at a Sept. 27 event at its Seattle headquarters, and boy, its people weren't kidding. Click through to see all of the new Alexa devices and announcements they just threw at us.
Up first: a new, second-gen Amazon Echo. It's shorter and stouter than the original, and it offers a variety of interchangeable "shells" for the base, like the woodgrain one seen here. It also promises better sound quality and voice recognition than the original.
But wait, there's more! Amazon also announced the Echo Plus. It looks just like the original, but features better sound and a built-in ZigBee radio that'll let it communicate directly with smart home devices like lights and locks that would have otherwise required a hub. For gadgets like those, the Echo Plus is the hub.
You can add $10 to that and bundle your Fire TV with an Amazon Echo Dot. You can use that Echo Dot to control the media that you're watching, including telling Alexa to fast-forward or change the channel.
Amazon didn't stop there -- it also announced new Echo Buttons that will pair with your Echo device over Bluetooth for improved gaming skills. You can use them as trivia buzzers, for instance, or play a color-matching memory game. They'll be available for the holidays in a $20 two-pack.
One other big announcement squeezed in today: BMW plans to bring Alexa into its vehicles by mid-2018. You'll be able to ask her to control your music, order a pizza or show you information on your car's heads-up display.