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Ideal for the bedroom, Amazon's Echo Spot is coming to the UK

Ideal for the bedroom, Amazon's Echo Spot is coming to the UK

Both devices are designed for video calls and both feature the instant "drop in" feature that lets you make quick video calls without actually making the call.

"Anywhere you could put a dot [Amazon Echo Dot]".

Labels have been working hard to understand how smart assistants like Amazon's Alexa decide what music to play when, for example, an Echo owner asks for some "happy indie music from the 1990s".

But the screen gives it some additional tricks.

Each Amazon Echo Spot costs £119.99, but Amazon is offering twin-pack bundles for a slightly more cost-effective £199.98.

When one of the compatible smart locks or door/window sensors are integrated with the Fibaro system, homeowners can check to see the status of their home's access points and lock the door from anywhere in the world. It uses a new four-mic array to hear users, which is a condensed version of the seven or eight-mic arrays used in other Echo devices.

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The Spot also matches the Dot in that, as well as being able to connect to a wireless speaker via Bluetooth - a feature that Amazon slipped out previous year under cover of darkness, without telling anyone - there's also a 3.5mm audio output so you can also physically connect to a better speaker. For the assistant, Amazon created Alexa and she had an awesome year.

The online retailer now has five different models of its Echo speaker with various different capabilities, with and without a screen. She will answer you in the best possible manner. Amazon claims to have sold "tens of millions" of Alexa-enabled devices worldwide during the 2017 holiday season alone.

Wood said: "Amazon has got some real momentum at the moment".

Like the Echo Dot, Amazon has also included a 3.5mm jack for hooking up the Spot to a more powerful speaker. It's similar to the Echo Show insofar as it has a screen, except it's squeezed into an alarm clock-style form factor. Now, companies like Google and Microsoft are currently competing with Amazon. They say that support for Google Assistant and Google Home speakers is their most requested new feature. Again, as with Google Assistant, these enhancements will come to existing devices already purchased by consumers through server-side patches and updates to the Alexa AI on Amazon's end, so Alexa will become better without you having to do a thing. Since getting a smart speaker, 71% say that they are listening to more audio and 28% of the latter are listening to more news/talk.

"We expect them to pour money into European marketing as the battle intensifies".


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