Amazon has cut the price of its newly launched Amazon Echo Dot by almost 40%. The second generation Echo Dot price has been slashed by $20 to $29. From $49.99, now it is available for $29.99. The Amazon Echo Dot is a “hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa.
Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant. It has voice recognition features and the ability to connect to consumer electronic devices. Thus, it can answer questions, turn on music, set home temperatures, set alarms and allow people to use their smartphones hands free. Many people who own the devices say they cannot imagine a time when they lived without it.
In this segment, Amazon faces competition from companies like Google and Apple. In last couple of years, the concept of Smart Home has gain traction and people are buying smart home products in large number. According to a report from eMarketer, use of smart home devices rose 129% last year. This year in October, Google introduced Google Mini, a direct competitor of Amazon Echo Dot which is priced at $49.
Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly.
Amazon Echo Dot Features
Amazon Echo Dot can hear from across the room, even while music is playing. When one wants to use Echo Dot, they just need to say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If somebody has more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you’re closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).
Echo Dot can also directly connect to speakers using a 3.5 mm stereo cable, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi for compatible wireless speakers to add voice control to home stereo system in the living room or den. Echo Dot also provides hands-free voice control to Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn.
With Echo Dot, one can call anyone hands-free—no tapping or searching required. Your contacts will see your number when they receive the call so they know who is calling. Set up your voice profile and teach Alexa to recognise your voice.
Echo Amazon Echo Dot works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, TVs, fans, thermostats, and more from Philips Hue, TP-Link, Sony, ecobee, WeMo, SmartThings, Insteon, Lutron, Nest, Wink, Honeywell, and more.