Published: Wed, April 25, 2018
Sci-tech | By Bennie Mills

Amazon's Echo Spot lets you watch videos on its circular display

Amazon's Echo Spot lets you watch videos on its circular display

As an introductory offer, Amazon is selling the Echo Spot at Rs. 10,499 through its site and select retailers across the country, including Croma, Reliance, and Vijay Sales, for a limited period. Video calls work between any two Echo Spot devices and also with the Alexa companion app available on Android and iOS app stores. Amazon is reportedly very keen on developing this project into reality very soon. While regular Echo can play back news for you, the Echo Spot can playback flash briefing from the TV Station. What that means is that it could follow customers in parts of their homes where they now do not have Echo devices, the report adds.

Echo Spot can be used for watching news videos from different media houses.

Having a display is all well and good, but the camera on the Echo Spot might of concern to some users.

The Echo Spot comes packed with four microphones with enhanced noise cancellation, acoustic beam-forming technology, and second generation far-field mix technology. Many other deals are available for those buying more than one Echo device.

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Starting Wednesday, Amazon will offer the Echo Dot Kids Edition: an Echo Dot in a colorful, durable case.

Recently, reports surfaced that the ad spendings of both Google and Amazon, on their respective virtual personal assistant (VPA) products, are expected to touch $9.1 Mn (INR 60 Cr) in the next one year. Cricket fans can watch the match highlights from ESPNCricinfo and other portals on the Echo Spot.

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It's a Wi-Fi and Bluetooth speaker, albeit, with a tiny 1.4in driver, so you can play music from all the usual supported services like Amazon Music, Saaavn and TuneIn.

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Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around user's voice while Alexa, the brain that powers Echo speakers, runs on the Amazon cloud. A small Echo device which will come with a 2.5-inch circular display.

As for the pricing, the Echo Spot is priced at Rs 12,999.

Since Alexa's launch in India, the digital assistant has consistently been learning and gathering information about Indian phrases and accents to personalize itself for Indian users.

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