Echo Dot is the smallest smart speaker available from Amazon, offering seven microphones that listen out for your Alexa commands, a speaker for responding and playing music, Bluetooth connectivity, and a 3.5mm jack for hooking up to another speaker. It has a 2.5-inch screen to show video content, time and even make video calls using the front-facing camera. The basic freebie offers parental control features, enabling parents/guardians to block off features such as adding items to shopping lists, which we're sure will be a relief to anyone. You can also ask Alexa to help you view videos and play movie trailers from Amazon Prime Video, Dailymotion and Vimeo. You can already use Alexa on certain Fire TV devices, but only by pressing a button, or using a separate Echo device.
The Amazon Echo is a large speaker powered by Alexa voice assistant.
Amazon has launched its Echo Spot today in India. Many have been enhanced for users to utilise Echo Spot's glanceable screen to watch cricket highlights on ESPNCricinfo, viewing cab options and booking details of user's Ola cab, discover restaurants with Zomato, viewing album art when listening to favourite music etc. Priced at Rs 12,999 the Amazon Echo Spot comes with a display and a camera for video calls.
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Access to different Internet-based services via Alexa: Thousands of skills from Alexa India store are now available for the Echo Spot. Amazon also promises to replace the device for free if it gets broken within two years. It'll connect to any other Alexa device for a simple multi-room music system, too.
The program brings parental controls to all Echo devices at no cost. That service comes with expletive and ad-free radio, 300 age-appropriate Audible audiobooks, alarms that sound like characters your kids are obsessed with but you know nothing about, and kid-friendly premium Alexa skills from the likes of Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. Well, it's not exactly new, it's the same Echo Dot you've grown to love over the years. Those include the ability to search the net for any specific news, place orders on Amazon or get the latest weather update.
Challenging Amazon's dominance in the smart speakers market, the search engine giant is now programming its virtual assistants with an Indian accent, in a bid to more customers in the country.