Amazon Echo, the amazingly useful voice-controlled speaker, is now available for anyone to purchase for $179.99. Before today, the Echo was only available via invitation. If you’re considering buying one, I highly suggest you put your order in immediately and decide if you want it later. You won’t be charged until the Echo ships. There is bound to be high demand that will push the delivery date further back as the day progresses.
The Echo is expanding its capabilities faster than any other Amazon product. Since its invite-only release, it has gain the ability to control smart home automation devices, play Pandora and Audible, check your calendar and traffic, and much more. I was even able to make it control my Fire TV. The echo is by far my favorite Amazon device next to the Fire TV and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Lastly, a little birdy at Amazon told me that true Fire TV integration is coming to the Echo.