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Amazon's Echo Spot is coming to the United Kingdom later this month

Amazon's Echo Spot is coming to the United Kingdom later this month

Amazon is also continuing to roll out a greater level of conversational ability and personality to Alexa, an important part of the next stage of the evolution of voice assistants and Amazon's battle with Google.

Labels have been working hard to understand how smart assistants like Amazon's Alexa decide what music to play when, for example, an Echo owner asks for some "happy indie music from the 1990s". Late a year ago, we heard a lot about new Alexa-powered devices from Amazon, but also reports that Amazon was hiring hundreds of new engineers to work on different aspects of Alexa as it seeks to keep the virtual assistant at the top of its game against growing competition. In truth probably at least 20,000 of these skills are not the sort of thing you'd ever want to use.

Currently, Amazon owns 11% of the USA smart speaker market compared to the 4% owned by second place Google with its line of Home smart speakers. Top makers such as Samsung, LG and Panasonic apart from vehicle companies such as Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Ford and Hyundai are all offering - or working to offer - personal voice assistants that will not only help you in your navigation, but also control many other devices and gadgets at your home. Pre-orders are open now and will ship on the 24th of January. It also provides that essential loop into your Alexaverse, so is fully capable of all the Alexa commands and controls you expect. 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.

By opting for the Echo Spot, you'll save £80 and get, frankly, what is an aesthetically more pleasing device than the Echo Show.

He said that the intelligence in the devices will be "based on your voice" that will enable you to easily connect.

During the 2017 holiday season, the Echo Dot not only ranked as the top-selling Amazon device but also as the bestselling product on Amazon, in all categories and from all manufacturers.

In other words, the pace of smart speaker sales is good news for Amazon, especially considering that somewhere around 70% of those are an Amazon Echo.

This goes some way to explain the attraction to Amazon of Echo Buttons.

Sporting a 2.5-inch circular screen, the Echo Spot isn't really designed for watching movies, but it could prove useful for video calls, short news snippets, weather forecasts, and so on.

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