Amazon possibly leaks new, cheaper Echo Dot on their own Twitter account

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At some point yesterday, Amazon’s official Echo twitter account tweeted an introduction to an “all-new Echo Dot … for just $49.99” and then promptly deleted the tweet. Several people have archived the tweet, so it looks like someone at Amazon may have jumped the gun on the announcement.

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The Echo Dot immediately went out of stock after its release in March. In July it was listed as sold out with no way to backorder, but Amazon has said it will return in time for the holidays. Read more ›

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Amazon Echo Dot will return in time for the holidays

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The Amazon Echo Dot has been listed as “sold out” out for a month now, making some customers wonder if it has been discontinued. An Amazon representative has told CNET “I expect Echo Dot will be a big hit this holiday season, but I’ll have to ask you to stay tuned for more on availability.” So the Echo Dot will return later this year.

Despite requiring an Alexa device to order one, the Echo Dot became backordered immediately after its release. I’m expecting new Fire Tablets and Fire TVs to be released in the coming months, which is likely contributing to the delay in producing more Echo Dots.

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Amazon Echo Dot is now listed as ‘Sold Out’ with no way to order

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Just 3 months after it was first anounced, the Amazon Echo Dot is now listed as “Sold Out” with no way to place an order. The popular miniature cousin to the Amazon Echo doesn’t even show up anymore when you search for it. A week after pre-orders began, the Echo Dot was back-ordered for months, and, despite needing an Alexa-enabled device to even place an order for the Echo Dot, it has remained back-ordered ever since.

Not being able to place an order for the Echo Dot is not an indication that Amazon has discontinued the device. Both the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TVs have, at some point in their production cycle, been made unavailable with no way to place an order, and both eventually returned. If you were hoping for the Echo Dot to be discounted this Prime Day, that seems very unlikely to happen. Hopefully we’ll see the full sized Amazon Echo, which is in stock right now, go on sale though. The Echo was available, for a very short time, for $129 during last year’s Prime Day.

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Amazon Echo and Echo Dot can now connect to mobile Wi-Fi hotspots

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The Amazon Echo or Echo Dot have been unable to connect directly to mobile Wi-Fi hotspots unless a second device was available to facilitate the connection. This is because, to connect an Echo or Echo Dot to a Wi-Fi network, you must transfer those network settings to the Echo or Echo Dot via a temporary Wi-Fi connection. If all you have is a phone that is itself the source of the Wi-Fi network/hotspot you want the Echo or Echo Dot to connect to, then you can’t both connect to the Echo or Echo Dot’s temporary Wi-Fi connection while also keeping the hotspot connection active. This is why, up until now, you’ve needed a second device to configure the Echo or Echo Dot’s Wi-Fi settings while the phone is emitting a Wi-Fi hotspot. A new Echo and Echo Dot software update, version 3389, has resolved this limitation and now allows the Echo and Echo Dot to connect to a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.

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7/11/2016 The instructions for connecting to a hotspot have just went live. When setting up an Echo or Echo Dot, there is now an option to “Use this device as a Wi-Fi hotspot” in the Alexa app where you manually enter the network ID and password.

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Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot back in stock after backordered for 2 months

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The Voice Remote for Amazon Echo and Echo Dot has just come back in stock. The last time this remote was in stock was 2 months ago and it sold out in less than a day. Before that, it was out of stock for 3 months. The remote’s persistent low stock is due to resellers clearing out Amazon’s supply to sell on eBay for a profit. So if you want one, order it quickly before the resellers get wind of the resupply.

This remote connects to the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot via bluetooth and allows you to control the device remotely from up to 30 feet away. You can issue commands to Alexa through the remote’s built in microphone, in addition to controlling volume and music playback. The remote is especially handy to have in areas of your house where you’re too far from the Echo for it to hear you, but close enough where you can hear it.

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10 things to know about the Amazon Echo Dot

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The Amazon Echo Dot is a far more affordable entry point into the world of hands-free Alexa devices. Here are ten things you should know about the new miniature Amazon Echo. Read more ›

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The Amazon Echo Dot is more versatile with Bluetooth speakers than wired speakers

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The Amazon Echo Dot has been called “an Amazon Echo without the speaker” for good reason. While it does have an internal speaker, which can technically be used for all audio output as if it were a full fledged Echo, you’re going to want to connect the Echo Dot to an external speaker if you plan to use it to listen to anything beyond Alexa’s voice, news briefs, podcasts, and audiobooks.

An external speaker connection can be achieved wirelessly via Bluetooth or wired through the 3.5mm audio jack on the back of the device. The issue around using the 3.5mm jack is that, when a 3.5mm cable is connected to the Echo Dot, the internal speaker is completely bypassed, whether or not your wired speakers are turned on. This means that, when using a wired connection, your wired speakers must be turned on if you ever want to use the Echo Dot. On the other hand, with Bluetooth speakers, the Echo Dot switches back to its internal speakers when the Bluetooth speakers are turned off. Even if the Bluetooth speakers are on, you have the flexibility to sever the connection hands-free by simply asking Alexa, so you can switch back to the internal speaker at will. If you have your heart set on using wired speakers with the Echo Dot, there are things you can do to make wired speakers a lot more convenient. Read more ›

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Amazon Tap and Echo Dot pre-orders begin arriving — What would you like to know about each?

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The Amazon Tap and the Echo Dot, the two newest Alexa devices, have been released today and customers who pre-ordered have already begun recieving their devices. Both devices immediately became backordered a few days after they were announced, but it looks like Amazon was able to ramp up production on the Amazon Tap because it’s currently available for immediate delivery. The Echo Dot on the other hand, the far more popular device out of the two, is another story. Orders placed today will not ship until August at the earliest. If you didn’t place your pre-order the day it was announced, and want one immediatly, you’re going to have to resort to eBay or Craigslist and pay a premium. Echo Dot’s on eBay are currently selling for $50 over their retail price.

I have both devices arriving later today. If you have any questions about either the Amazon Tap or Echo Dot, post them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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Amazon Tap and Echo Dot sold out for months

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It has been exactly 1 week since the Amazon Tap and the Echo Dot were announced and made available for pre-order. As is often the case with new Amazon hardware, the release day stock of both devices are now sold out. Placing an order today for the Amazon Tap will net you a delivery date that’s about 1 month after the device’s release date of March 31st. The Echo Dot’s expected delivery date for new orders is pushed even further. Pre-orders placed today for that device are receiving delivery dates in June.

Despite only being available for pre-order through an Alexa enabled device like the Amazon Echo or Fire TV, the Echo Dot seems to be the far more popular product between the two new devices. A post about the Echo Dot on popular deal forum Slickdeals currently has over 300 thumbs ups and nearly 1,000 comments. Compare that to the post about the Amazon Tap which, while still respectable, only has 17 thumbs ups and 40 comments. If you’re considering either of the two new devices, you should place your order now and decide later if you really want the device, since you’ll have at least 2 months to decide before it actually ships and can cancel your pre-order anytime.

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Amazon announces new Echo Dot

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Amazon has just announced the new Echo Dot, a device that adds Alexa capabilities to any speaker, essentially turning the speaker into an Amazon Echo. The Echo Dot looks exactly like the top portion of the Amazon Echo, down to the circle of blue LEDs which light up to indicate which of the always listening microphones is closest to you. It connects to speakers you already own through bluetooth or a 3.5 mm audio port on the back. It has its own built in speaker so that you can still be used as an Alexa interface device while not connected to external speakers. The Echo Dot is currently only available for pre-order through Alexa and costs $89.99. Amazon Echo and Fire TV owners can say “Alexa, order an Echo Dot” to order the device, which will arrive on March 31st. The Echo Dot has all the same Alexa capabilities as the Amazon Echo, including smart home integration. Through its own built in speaker, the Echo Dot can be used as a standalone voice interface for controlling your connected devices in any room.

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If you don’t have access to Alexa, you can order the Echo Dot through this link.

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