Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Research | By Dana Schwartz

Amazon's Echo Spot lets you watch videos on its circular display

Amazon's Echo Spot lets you watch videos on its circular display

The Spot is a small speaker so as far as the sound quality is concerned, it is slightly better than what you get with the much cheaper Echo Dot. They can then purchase products immediately or easily add items to their shopping list/cart. You can also watch shorts videos like movie trailers on Echo Spot. This will essentially enable you to use the Alexa voice assistant without having to switch on your TV.

This device joins Amazon's family of Echo smart speakers that includes Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus that made its India debut in November past year. As part of the launch offer, Amazon Echo Spot can be bought for 10,499, Rs 2,500 less than its MRP (Rs 12,999) for a limited period only.

The device supports streaming services and more including food ordering from Zomato or requesting a ride from Ola.

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Video calls work between any two Echo Spot devices and also with the Alexa companion app that is available on Android and iOS app stores.

If you're interested, you can now pick up the Echo Spot for ₹10,499 in the country. Amazon also promises to replace the device for free if it gets broken within two years. Users can also connect the Spot to home entertainment system through Bluetooth or a 3.5mm stereo cable to voice activate entire home entertainment system. Without the luxury of a leaked benchmark, I don't know anything about its technical specifications, but I have learned that it essentially combines the functionality of a Fire TV, an Echo Dot, and an IR emitter, like the Harmony Hub, into a single device. Amazon already has the ability to create a network of Echo devices, so we're hoping this technology can be used to solve the problem that is still taxing Apple. Kids can also ask for knock-knock jokes, ask Alexa for a song, and more. With the multi-room music feature, users can play their favourites throughout the home, with synchronised music across all your Echo devices. FreeTime will be available on all Echo devices on May 9th, after a software update. It debuts with the new Amazon FreeTime service, which is essentially a parental controls app that governs use of the speaker.

The smart speaker market in India is getting exciting. It could very well end up being the ideal streaming and smart speaker combo, though that's unlikely since Amazon risks muddying up its smart speaker lineup with such a device.

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