Amazon launches new Echo Spot in UK

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When we compared the Echo Spot to the original Echo device, the difference was the speaker on the Spot is not as good compared to the Echo, but the Spot displays the song lyrics on the screen. Amazon is discounting three of its Echo products again. On top of everything, Lenovo had confirmed that the Lenovo Smart Display devices will be fueled by the Qualcomm SDA 624 SoC which comes with an integrated CPU, GPU, and DSP, while it also provides both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Alongside the robots, drones and smart home devices that dominated the agenda at CES was one of the world's technology giants trying to make a big statement - Google wants you to use Google Assistant.

Meanwhile, with Alexa support you can ask questions, set alarms, shop, play music, podcasts and audiobooks, and control every compatible device in your smart home just by using your voice.

When Amazon wanted to get its Echo product to a wider audience it chose to launch the Echo Dot; it wasn't a fully featured as the Echo but it did the job. If you're a Prime subscriber, you'll be able to catch up on the latest shows wherever you are, accepting that it's going to be pretty small.

You can set your alarms to wake you up to a particular artist or genre, or on a particular radio station. Unlike the Echo Dot which is only really passable for things like chatting, the Echo Spot had a nice sound to it.

If you missed Amazon's massive discount over the holidays then we have some great news for you.

Although we reckon most customers will be dumping their Echo Spots on a bedside table, Supplee says it's more versatile than that. It's softer form makes it nicer to look at than the Echo Show, but it's important to recognise the difference between these two devices. The Amazon Echo Spot is a little more expensive than the new Echo, though, and in turn much more expensive than an Echo Dot.

Essentially, they want the Echo Spot to replace the Echo Dot. The device is now retailing for £119.99.

The report said that Amazon and Google are expected to remain in the lead with their Echo and Home products respectively, but will face increased competition as new vendors enter the race and the United States will remain the single most important market for smart speakers in 2018, as shipments are expected to reach 38.4 million units, with China a distant second at 4.4 million units.

First published on 28 September 2017.

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