17 January, 2018
The Alexa voice platform has over 12,000 skills now and that India has a lot to do with it. Alexa and Amazon's Echo speakers made their India debut on October 31, 2017 with close to 11,000 skills - in line with its United States skill-set - and "in less than 60 days of the Alexa India skill store going live, Amazon has added more than 1,000 new skills to the store", the company announced on Tuesday. The e-commerce giant said that the Echo Spot is officially available to purchase outside the US, with preorders one in the Germany and United Kingdom the Echo Spot includes the features you love about Alexa into a stylish and compact device.
To incentivise pre-orders, Amazon UK is offering an Echo Spot two-pack for £200, a saving of £40.
When it comes to design, the Echo Spot is probably the most appealing of the Echo range.
While the Echo has found its natural place around the kitchen - bettered by the Echo Show that adds a useful display to the arrangement meaning you can do a whole lot more without whipping your phone out of your pocket - the prominence of those devices makes them a little overbearing for the bedroom. If you're buying this as a video device, the Echo Show is likely the best choice. 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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It plugs into Alexa, connects to your smart home, handles video calls and displays up-to-the-minute updates via its circular 2.5-inch display.
The Amazon Echo Spot is out now in the US.
By default, every Echo speaker answers to the wake word - Alexa, but you can also change the wake word to Amazon, Echo or Computer. But it also has third-party manufacturers building Alexa into devices as diverse as voice-enabled showers, mirrors, ovens and cars. It's similar to the Echo Show insofar as it has a screen, except it's squeezed into an alarm clock-style form factor.
Like the Echo Dot there's an integrated speaker and we were surprised with how good it sounds.