Amazon Echo, Black (previous generation)
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- Plays all your music from Amazon Music, Spotify, TuneIn and more using just your voice
- Fills the room with immersive, 360º omni-directional audio. Play music simultaneously across multiple Echo devices with multi-room music (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported)
- Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App. Also, quickly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice
- Allows hands-free convenience with voice control
- Hears you from across the room with far-field voice recognition, even in noisy environments or while playing music
- Answers questions, reads audiobooks, reports news, traffic and weather, gives info on local businesses, provides sports scores and schedules, and more using the Alexa Voice Service
- Controls lights, switches, thermostats and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Nest, tado° and others
- Always getting smarter - Alexa updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new features and skills
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Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather and more. Prime members can also ask Alexa to order eligible products they've ordered before and many Prime products. All you have to do is ask.
Echo has seven microphones and beam-forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even in noisy environments or while playing music. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the device you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Learn more about ESP
Amazon Echo provides hands-free voice control for Amazon Music—just ask for your favourite artist or song, or request a specific genre or mood. You can also search for music by lyrics, when a song or album was released, or let Alexa pick the music for you. Listen to 40 million songs with Amazon Music Unlimited. With multi-room music support, you can play music across multiple Echo devices simultaneously (Available for Amazon Music and TuneIn. Bluetooth not supported). Learn more
Echo also provides hands-free voice control to Spotify and TuneIn. Plus, Echo is Bluetooth-enabled so you can stream other popular music services like iTunes from your phone or tablet. Echo has been fine-tuned to deliver crisp vocals with dynamic bass response. Its dual downward-firing speakers produce 360° omni-directional audio to fill any room with immersive sound.
With Amazon Echo, you can easily talk hands-free to anyone who has a supported Echo device or the Alexa App—no tapping or searching required. Additionally, you can send messages via voice or text to anyone with an Echo device or the Alexa App. Alexa calling and messaging is available at no additional cost—to get started download the latest version of the Alexa App on a smart phone with iOS 9.0 or higher, or Android 5.0 or higher, and verify your mobile number. Learn more
With the Drop In feature enabled for room-to-room calling, quickly connect with Echo devices in your home. Let your household know when dinner is ready, ask someone for help with a chore or remind the kids to go to sleep—without having to raise your voice.
Tucked under the light ring is an array of seven microphones that use beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation. With far-field voice recognition, Amazon Echo can hear you ask a question from any direction—even in noisy environments or while playing music.
When you want to use Echo, simply say the wake word, “Alexa”, and Echo lights up and streams audio to the cloud, where the Alexa Voice Service is leveraged to recognise and respond to your request. Learn more about voice recognition on Echo.
Alexa—the brain behind Amazon Echo—updates through the cloud automatically and is continually learning, adding new functionality and skills. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary and personal preferences.
We’ve recently added Alexa calling and messaging, multi-room music and reminders, along with skills from third-party developers.
Skills add even more capabilities such as ordering take away from Just Eat, requesting a ride from Uber, checking train times from National Rail and more. Enabling skills lets your Amazon Echo do even more—simply discover and enable the skills you want to use in the Alexa App.
New skills are being added all the time. You can also see ratings and reviews to learn what other customers are saying about skills in the Alexa App. Discover and enable skills.
Use Amazon Echo to switch on the lamp before getting out of bed, turn up the thermostat while reading in your favourite chair, or dim the lights from the couch to watch a film—all without lifting a finger.
Echo works with smart home devices such as lights, switches, thermostats and more from WeMo, Samsung SmartThings, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, Tado°, Tp-link, Nest and others. Learn more about compatible smart home connected devices, including starter kits for easy setup.
Echo now supports IFTTT (If This, Then That), a third-party service that allows you to create rules (or “applets”) that automate how your devices, apps and websites work with each other.
With the free Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS and desktop browsers, you can easily set up and manage your Amazon Echo.
Use the Alexa App to connect services you already use such as Amazon Music, Spotify and Google Calendar. Set up your smart home devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Hive, Netatmo, tado° and more. See which books are available to listen to from your Audible and Kindle libraries. View shopping and to-do lists while on the go. Control your timers and set custom tones for your alarms, and much more. The Alexa App is also where you discover and enable third-party skills. Make calls, view your conversation history, manage contacts and get notifications when you receive a message (calling and messaging features available on iOS and Android smartphones).
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I personally have 1 Echo and 2 Echo Dots through my home.
They control our Dyson connected products, our Hue lights, our Nest thermostat and with the help of IFTTT, we are able to say key words which do multiple things such as setting multiple lights simultaneously while Echo says pre-programmed words.
I can see nothing but further potential and possibilities for Amazons Echo and Echo Dot.
I recently showed a friend who has an unwell father and he immediately went and bought one with some Philips Hue lights. He had seen what I do with mine and decided that his father, who is having difficulty manoeuvring. Now his father does not have to struggle in a wheelchair to get to a light switch.
I originally had an Echo Dot in my bedroom.
Then I bought a Google Home for my living room. I call Google 'She'.
She got moved into the living room because she was so argumentative in comparison to my Echo Dot.
I returned Google Home to Maplins and swapped it for Echo full size and bought another Echo Dot.
I am so happy with my choice and I simply cannot wait to buy an Echo Show when it is eventually released in the UK.
The sound on the Dot is great but on the larger Echo, the sound is absolutely brilliant. Good volume and good bass and a crisp clear sound. Way better then Google Home which had too much bass and a terrible sound quality.
The fitted screen will allow wifi video calls between Show devices aswell as showing visuals in relation to current vocal requests such as time, weather, recipes and a million other things. However I will still be keeping all my Dots and Echos as they work with each other throughout my house!
You will never regret getting one of these. They're amazing
I haven't plumbed all of its' depths but it works pretty well as the advertising blurb states, good sound for what it is, surprisingly good at distinguishing instructions from background noise, and with in-built quirkyness when asked daft questions.
Oh, and my daughter was rescued from raiding her piggy bank when she won a staff award at her place of work, which was.... an Amazon Echo.
Saying Alexa ask Harmony to turn on the television; causes my Logitech harmony hub to switch on the tv.
Alexa ask neato to start cleaning causes my neato robot vacuum to get going (one for the way out of the door.)
These are the things it knows to do today; the beauty of the Echo is the rich eco system; something apple has failed to deliver with HomeKit. Every week Amazon's echo update email lets me know about more services that allow it to further enrich my life. Its not yet the source of information that the computer on Star Trek delivers (and how i wish the voice was Majel Barret's) but for home automation and some basic audio sources - get me the CNN news headlines for example its excellent.
The willingness to work with seemingly everyone has made Alexa a good first choice for adding voice activation to your home.