Echo Spot: Amazon's new smart speaker with small screen launched in India

25 April, 2018, 16:10 | Author: Bertha Harmon
  • The project is codenamed Vesta and it could launch in 2019

The device will allegedly support 4K HDR and have a built-in speaker, although it is thought to be more Dot than a full-blown Echo speaker. With the multi-room music feature, users can play music throughout the home, with synchronised music across all their Echo devices. Purchase products immediately or add items easily to your shopping list or your shopping cart. It will also have far-field microphone abilities, meaning it will be able to hear commands even if the user speaks from a distance, just like on Amazon Echo smart speakers.

Thousands of skills from Alexa India store are now available for the Echo Spot. This means consumers cannot only make video calls but also watch Amazon Prime videos on Spot, or "drop in" with permission to have a virtual face-to-face conversation.

On top of the device are the exact same buttons found on the Echo Dot. This includes voice-commanding music or movies on the speaker or even connected to other speakers, making queries, voice shopping, booking tickets or a cab, hearing one's horoscope, and many other options.

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The Echo Spot is basically a smaller Echo Show (which still hasn't launched in India), following the same formula of adding a display and a camera to Echo. Insider sources that are aware of the project have said that it be like a mobile Alexa, and would accompany users to parts of the home that doesn't have Echo speakers. If you've got an Amazon Prime subscription, you'll enjoy discounted rates of $2.99 and $6.99 per month on top of Prime.

Time Limits - Set bedtime time limits to protect against kids talking with Alexa late into the night, or simply pause Echo devices for dinner or homework time.

Alexa home assistant from Amazon has become a companion in several households in the last four years. It is also available at the Amazon devices kiosk in Bangalore and Mumbai, and over 350 offline retail outlets across 20 cities in India. Amazon, however, might have a way to bring them together into one. For instance, if you ask for the weather there will be a weather card on show.

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The Indian ecommerce market poised to touch $200 Bn by 2026, as per a report by Morgan Stanley. Hence, the company will be in tremendous competition with the other tech giants.

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