Hey Alexa! Amazon launches video-enabled Echo Spot for Rs 10499

Hey Alexa! Amazon launches video-enabled Echo Spot for Rs 10499

Voice and Video calls: Consumers can make use of the Echo Spot's front-facing camera to start voice-controlled video calls or send a message, provided the person on the other end has Echo Spot or at least has an Alexa application (Android or iOS) on their phone.

Amazon has brought yet another member of its Echo family to India, the alarm clock-shaped Echo Spot with Alexa support. Thanks to previous reports dating back to a year ago, it's believed this Fire TV Cube will be a combination of an Echo smart speaker and Fire TV, Amazon's current hardware offering for those invested in Amazon's media ecosystem. Further, the user can also see the product image, title, price and user ratings on the screen when shopping. And of course, users can even watch video trailers from Amazon Prime Video.

FreeTime is already available on Amazon's Kids Fire tablet, but Amazon is adding it to the Echo for the first time. One could perhaps glean the information faster since it will be displayed on a screen rather than being read out to.

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The Echo is designed in such a way that it works even in noisy environments because of the integration of seven microphones with beam-forming technology alongside improved noise cancellation.

The Spot does everything the other Echo devices do with the added advantage of a screen. The company has also set up special kiosks in Bangalore, Mumbai and across other 350 offline retail outlets in India. The Amazon Echo costs Rs 7,999 and the Echo Plus is Rs 14,999 begging the question whether to buy the Echo Plus or the Echo Spot when looking for smart speaker. While Google Home and Home Mini match Echo and Echo Dot, the Echo Spot will stand apart as an unique offering. Echo Spot can browse songs by asking Alexa and can also show or play songs by genre, artiste, decade, composer, film, language and more.

Amazon claims that it isn't the case and to back that claim up, they've given a button on the device that allows users to electronically disengage the camera.

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As for the pricing, the Echo Spot is priced at Rs 12,999. A small Echo device which will come with a 2.5-inch circular display. This includes making calls, controlling appliances at home, and of course, browsing the web.

Challenging Amazon's dominance in the smart speakers market, the search engine giant is now programming its virtual assistants with an Indian accent, in a bid to more customers in the country.

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