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The Dawn of Smartspeakers: Amazon Echo and Google Home Rise above the Horizon

It supports all the same commands, so once you get it home, all you have to do is open up your Alexa app, add a new device and off you go.

If you have a more specific idea of what you are looking for, the search bar at the top of the screen will now only show you Amazon Skill-related results. It was announced alongside the redesigned Amazon Echo, a supercharged Amazon Echo Plus and the Amazon Show which was set to come to the United Kingdom for the first time.

First announced in September and then placed on-sale in the United States at the end of 2017, the Spot can also be used to make video calls and as an intercom system with other Echo devices in the home.

Amazon has also tucked a camera in the front of the Spot which allows it to be used to make video calls to friends and family. "This is the first Amazon Echo that I wouldn't mind using for music".

The Echo Spot has fully fledged Alexa functionality, including video, albeit on a tiny screen. "It is the undisputed leader in smart speakers and the range of Echo devices is starting to cater for lots of different use cases, be it an affordable Echo Dot or the high-end Echo Show which is a larger version of the Echo Spot". In my opinion- no.

Like all Echo speakers the Spot has plenty of neat tricks up its sleeve with the device able to turn on the lights, set the heating and even show live footage from any smart cameras you might have dotted around your home.




At CES, visitors marvelled at the number of Alexa-enabled products.

You can set your alarms to wake you up to a particular artist or genre, or on a particular radio station.

In every other way Spot seems identical to Show, but smaller and ballsier. The design of the Spot is one of the best we've seen from Amazon, though.

5. 30% of owners say that smart speakers are replacing the time they spend with TV. It's an ideal bedside clock, as long as you take precautions to ensure you don't appear on video or call your friends in the middle of the night - but perhaps that's the appeal.

Initially, only a U.S. release date was revealed for the device but now it's coming to the United Kingdom 24 January and we've finally got our hands on with the device.

Like the Echo Dot there's an integrated speaker and we were surprised with how good it sounds.

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