The Alexa family grows! Two NEW devices from Amazon
I just got an e-mail from Amazon with an exciting announcement!
In addition to the
there will be two more Amazon devices for the Alexa Voice Service.
Of course, that’s in addition to the Fire TV family…both generations and both models (Fire TV and Fire TV Stick) now do Alexa through the Voice Remote:
One is the Echo Dot, currently available only to Prime members in limited quantities, and only by using Alexa Voice Shopping. I’m at work and don’t have an Echo here, so I’ll have to wait until I’m home to try saying, “Alexa, order an Echo Dot”. They are $89.99, with a limit of two per customer (you’d have to place the order twice, since you can’t specify quantities when you order).
For more information, see
It’s like an Echo…but without the big speaker part. You can still use it to control home automation, ask it questions, and so on. You can also connect it to a speaker system using an audio cable or Bluetooth.
Cheaper and smaller, but BYOS (Bring Your Own Speakers). Could be a hit, especially for people wanting to multiply their Echoes to more parts of the house.
The other one you can order right now, for March 31st delivery (and I wouldn’t wait).
This one is the Amazon Tap…it’s $129.99, and it’s like the Echo without the always on microphones (you tap a button to interact with it…hence the name). However, and importantly, it doesn’t need to be plugged in to work! You can take it with you…Alexa on the road!
People have wanted this flexibility…as long as it can connect to wi-fi, you could play your music and use the other Alexa functionality.
They also have a silicone protective carrying sleeve, which comes in six colors, for $19.99.
It’s number one right now in
Of course, it’s the only one in that sales category. 😉 Presumably, the Dot isn’t considered to be on general sale yet.
I’ll directly link to the Tap later, but you can get it to through the link I just gave for the category (I’m repeating it for my readers using screen readers): Hot New Releases in Amazon Echo (at AmazonSmile*))
Exciting stuff! Alexa everywhere! 🙂
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