Amazon ‘Echo’ the smart speaker/ home assistance gadget can now be purchased by anyone after being invitation only for several months.
On Tuesday Amazon announced its smart virtual assistance speaker ‘Echo’ is available for purchase for all. ‘Echo’ is sophisticated gadget which helps in assisting with smart home devices. The device went on sale for the public at large after being available for purchase on an invitation only basis for seven months in its testing phase.
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Echo is a voice activated smart device which has multiple assisting features such as ‘Fetching’ music, news, controlling home automation e.g. lighting, temperature controls etc. and even shops for users from Amazon at voice commands. The device ‘Echo’ is currently priced at $179 dollars and can be ordered from Amazon.com.
In a statement the Vice President of Amazon Greg Hart proclaimed the response from customer about ‘Echo’ has been substantially positive and Amazon is working very hard towards mass producing ‘Echo’ devices as soon as possible.
According to Hart, Amazon is very grateful for the feedback they received from customers during the seven month trial for ‘Echo’, which helped in shaping ‘Echo’ to evolve. Hart even revealed the involvement of customers has enabled them to add more feature into the smart speaker such as an audio book i.e. Audible, Pandora, sport scores, calendar and much more.
“The customer response to Amazon Echo has been incredibly positive, and we’ve been working hard to build more as quickly as possible. We are grateful to our early customers for their incredible engagement and for providing us with invaluable feedback to help shape Echo as it evolves—with their help, we’ve been able to add features like Audible, Pandora, home automation, sports scores, calendar, and more,” said Greg Hart, Vice President, Amazon Echo. “We’re excited to get Echo into the hands of even more customers and continue to invent new features and experiences.”
‘Echo’ consists of a cloud based brain called ‘Alexa’ which assists the users in all tasks, similar to ‘Siri’ present in the Apple iPhones. The smart speaker is able to identify different voices even when it is playing music thanks to the ring of microphones built in its can shape.
‘Echo’ can also be accessed through Apple or Android devices using apps such as the Amazon's Fire operating software. ‘Echo’ easily provides users information such as news and weather through wireless internet update.
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Amazon Echo is now available for all customers in the US to pre-order today for $179.99 at Amazon's official website. It will start shipping on July 14.