In my explanation of the Drop In feature of the upcoming Echo Show I mention it can be used as an intercom, but all Amazon Echos and Echo Dots can already be used to call each other in the same house thanks to the new calling features. Here’s how it works. Read more ›
If you’ve ever considered mounting an Amazon Echo Dot on the wall but didn’t want to commit to something permanent, you might be interested in a new product called The Spot that just got released. It’s a cradle that hangs off the Echo Dot’s included power adapter to get the device off of a countertop or table. It seems most ideal for use in a kitchen or bathroom, where you likely have power outlets that are up high. The Spot is currently on Amazon for $13.99, although it started the day at $11.99, and includes a short USB cable in the box to keep things tidy. It’s available in white or espresso. The creator has mentioned on reddit that gray and blue are coming next week, with a black version coming later.
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Amazon has just officially revealed the new Echo Show with video calling capabilities, but that’s not the only device that will be getting calling and messaging capabilities. All Amazon Echos and Echo Dots will now have the ability to receive voice calls as well as voice messages, if you choose. Read more ›
The Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and possibly other Alexa devices will soon be able to synchronize audio across multiple devices. Users have reported seeing a new audio synchronization feature appear in the Alexa app. The feature, often referred to as whole home audio, will allow you to use multiple Alexa devices to play music as if they were satellite speakers connected to the same audio source. Read more ›
A new software update for the Amazon Echo and the Echo Dot seems to be rolling out that adds the option to select “Computer” as the device’s wake word. Instead of using “Alexa,” or one of the alternatives like “Echo” and “Amazon”, you’ll be able to get a little closer to the ultimate dream of having the Star Trek computer in your home. The new option was first spotted by Reddit users as a new feature for software version 4812 on the German Amazon page for Echo software updates. Amazon’s page has since removed the new feature listing, but other redditors are reporting that the option is starting to appear in the wild.
Amazon now sells Leather and Fabric Cases for the Echo Dot 2 in 6 different colors. I’m not quite sure if they’re stylish or adorable, because they look like little cozy sweaters. You be the judge. The fabric versions are $14.99 each and come in charcoal (gray), indigo (blue), and sandstone (off-white). The leather versions are $19.99 and come in merlot (burgundy), midnight (black), and saddle (tan). They’re available to pre-order now and will be released on November 9th, expect for the sandstone and saddle colors, which will be released on November 23rd.
The Amazon Echo and 1st-gen Echo Dot are starting to receive a new software update, version 4008, that adds the much anticipated Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) feature. ESP is the feature revealed when the Echo Dot 2 was announced, that allows several Echos and Echo Dots within listening range of each other to correctly identify which device is closest to the person interacting with them. This makes it so two devices don’t respond to the same voice request. Read more ›
Amazon Music Unlimited, the new stand-alone music streaming service from Amazon, launched this morning with an enticing $3.99 per month option for Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Amazon Tap owners. The catch though is that the $3.99 plan can only be used from a single device. That doesn’t mean a single device at a time, but rather, it literally means only a single Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap can access the Amazon Music Unlimited library. Read more ›
Along with the all-new second generation Echo Dot, Amazon announced a new feture called Echo Spatial Perception (ESP) that will ship on the new Echo Dot and be arriving via a software update to existing Amazon Echo and first generation Echo Dots soon. When multiple Echos or Echo Dots are within earshot, ESP allows Alexa to respond intelligently from only the device that’s closest to you. With Amazon positioning the Echo Dot as a device for every room, and even selling them in 6 and 12 packs at a discount, this is a much needed feature to prevent multiple instances of Alexa responding at once, or worse, executing a sensitive request, like placing an order, more than once. An exact date for the release of the software update for existing devices has not been announced, but you can expect it to arrive this fall.
Amazon has unveiled an all-new 2nd Generation Amazon Echo Dot. It’s available in the US for $49.99, the UK for £49.99, and Germany for €59,99. That’s considerably less than the $89.99 price of the first generation model. The main difference between this new model and the first one announced earlier this year is the new one no longer has a spinning volume wheel on top, like on the full sized Echo. Instead, the new Echo Dot has volume up and down buttons, like you find on the Amazon Tap. The new Echo Dot is also thinner than the original, at 1.3″ compared to the original’s 1.5″ height. It’s also lighter, weighing in at 163 grams versus the 250 grams for the first generation version. Read more ›
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