Amazon announces $25 smart plug that lets you control appliances with Alexa

Amazon is announcing another small new Alexa device today: a smart plug, which lets you control whatever is plugged into it with Alexa. The plug itself doesn’t have microphones built into it, so you’ll need an Echo device somewhere else in your house to control it by voice. But once it’s set up, you’ll be able to control it either in or out of the house from Alexa or the Alexa app.

The plug will sell for $25, which is pretty much the standard price for this kind of device. There are a ton of smart plugs out there already — many of which already work with Alexa, and most of which support multiple smart home systems, giving them an advantage over this device — but Amazon thinks this product can stand out because of its setup. Amazon says…

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