Amazon accepts reservations for Echo Spot voice assistant in Germany

The Dawn of Smartspeakers: Amazon Echo and Google Home Rise above the Horizon

Like other Echo devices, the Spot has Alexa built-in and can be seen as a merging of the company's Echo Show and Echo Dot for this all-new smaller form factor. Customers can order the device, which combines numerous abilities of Amazon's Alexa with a display screen, on Amazon's website, with shipping of the Echo Spot scheduled to begin on 24 January, said Amazon.

The Amazon Echo Spot is available in a choice of two colors, black or white and the device will set you back £119.99.

When it comes to design, the Echo Spot is probably the most appealing of the Echo range. You can also use a smartphone running the Amazon Alex app to ping music and video to the Amazon Echo Spot's screen and speaker combination. The Echo Spot is going to give you a little more to get excited about, because it can show you information without having to be asked.

When integrated with the Fibaro system, the compatible multimedia devices can be programmed to automatically lower music volume after a certain time, to turn itself on along with other connected devices when watching TV, or for special functions such as play lullabies in a child's room at bed time. It is essentially a smaller Echo Show that is created to sit beside your bed.

Both the Echo Show and the Echo Spot are headlined by smart displays that serve up contextual information, while enabling video calls and media playback. 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.

Both Wi-Fi devices are Bluetooth-enabled, so you can stream audio content from your smartphone too.

That's the thing with the Amazon Echo Spot - much like other Echo devices, Amazon wants you to have a multitude of them in your home so you always have access to video chat no matter where you are.

At $130, the Echo Spot is not particularly low-cost, but it looks cool, and it can replace an Echo Dot and an alarm clock.

Echo Spot launched in the U.S. in 2017 and is now available in the United Kingdom to pre-order. When not in use, Echos screen doubles as a night clock.

At £199.99/£229.99, the Echo Show is the most expensive Echo now available.

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