Amazon has stopped selling the Echo Wall Clock because some are experiencing connectivity issues. The Alexa gadget’s product page now says “currently unavailable” and can no longer be ordered. In a statement to The Verge, Amazon says “We’re aware that a small number of customers have had issues with connectivity. We’re working hard to address this and plan to make Echo Wall Clock available again in the coming weeks.”
I just tried setting a timer on the Echo Show that my Echo Wall Clock is paired with and, sure enough, the clock did not react to the timer as it should have. Checking the Echo Show’s Bluetooth settings showed that the clock was disconnected. I hadn’t noticed that it disconnected because I rarely use timers and it was still displaying the correct time. Popping out one of the clock’s 4 AA batteries and putting it back in was enough to get my clock to reconnect to the Echo Show on its own and it’s once again reacting to timers, alarms, and notifications.
It’s unknown at this time if the connectivity issue can be fixed with a simple software update or if it requires the hardware to be changed. The issue might stem from the fact that the Echo Wall Clock temporarily loses its connection to the Echo it’s paired with when multi-room audio is played. Hopefully, the fact that Amazon expects to have the issue resolved “in the coming weeks” means it’s an easy fix.