This is a new-ish addition to Alexa in the United Kingdom that's been in the USA for some time now.
Amazon has opened up its voice platform to developers and device manufacturers and now has a host of products using Alexa - Toyota vehicle controls, the Vuzix smart spectacles, PCs and loads of home gadgets.
The screen is impressively clear, even at quite oblique viewing angles, and the circular video is absolutely fine for news and calls, even if you aren't going to want to watch Dr Zhivago or Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on it.
Another way Amazon wants you to use the Spot is as smart cam monitor. It uses a new four-mic array to hear users, which is a condensed version of the seven or eight-mic arrays used in other Echo devices. 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. In my opinion- no.
On the top is a little VGA camera, letting you call other owners of Echo devices (or your own Echo device in another room).
The executive also told TechCrunch that Amazon has learned where Alexa's knowledge gaps are by analyzing questions real users have asked the virtual assistant that it was unable to answer. As soon as you click the Enable button, it will change from orange to gray and now say Disable on it. Clicking this will remove the Skill from your account, and you'll be right back where you started. Unlike the Echo Dot which is only really passable for things like chatting, the Echo Spot had a nice sound to it.
Initially, only a USA release date was revealed for the device but now it's coming to the United Kingdom 24 January and we've finally got our hands on with the device. If not, then it will revert to a voice call. Or, if you prefer, a radio station.
We're yet to test the Echo Spot's audio prowess, but we'd imagine it would be similar in quality to the Echo Dot.
Like the Echo Dot, the Spot if a ideal extension to your Echo ecosystem. The design of the Spot is one of the best we've seen from Amazon, though.
First published on 28 September 2017.