It’s not hard for us to get excited about the hot new trend of the moment, smart home speaker assistants. Unlike Android or iOS, which are both beyond mature at this point, this category of products is growing by the day and could soon lead to a world controlled by voice. Whether its the Friday Amazon Alexa email with a list of new features or Google quietly pushing new goodness into the Google Home app without as much as a peep, there is always something fresh to talk about.
But I don’t know that we’ve ever asked if any of you own Amazon or Google smart home assistants. I’m talking about Amazon Echo devices and Google Home, of course. Through all of the deals over the holidays and in partnership with phone launches (like the G6), picking up one of these products should have been an affordable thing on numerous occasions.
So let us know – do you own an Amazon Echo devices or Google Home?
These days, I think you can find a good deal on one of Amazon’s Echo devices just about every week. This week’s deal is on the Amazon Echo Dot, the smaller, put-me-in-every-room-in-your-house speaker assistant that is powered by Alexa. Normally priced at $50, Amazon has slashed $10 off the little guy today, dropping the price to just $40.
Of course, Prime shipping is there for Prime members, plus you have options of either white or black. Amazon also sells these sweet little Echo Dot cases, should you want to get spicier with your design.
The deal might only be good today, so make a decision quickly.
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If you own an Amazon Alexa-equipped device, like an Echo, you know that the device is only reactive in that it doesn’t do much unless you ask it to. In the near future, that will change as Amazon looks to enable notifications for services that can alert you as new information arrives that you might find useful. (more…)
Last night, HTC announced their new high-end phone for 2017, the U11. It’s already up for pre-order, if you can believe it, and ships in just a few short weeks on June 9.
For unlocked models that are pretty reasonably priced at $649, you can buy the U11 from Amazon and HTC.com in blue, black, or silver (which is light blue). The unlocked version works on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon, so we’re talking about a fully unlocked phone with almost universal compatibility here. (more…)
The voice calling and messaging feature for Amazon Echo products that was announced as “coming soon” yesterday is now available. The Alexa app on Android is receiving an update this morning that enables the feature right away, as long as you give it proper permissions and have someone on the other end who can take a call or receive a message. (more…)
If you were planning to order an Amazon Echo Show, Amazon’s new touchscreen-equipped Alexa-powered device, consider jumping on an opening deal that will save you $100 if you buy two.
Buying two might seem like overkill, but the video calling feature here is sort of the star of the show and that can only be experienced with the Echo Show. And think about it, you could buy two with another family member you plan to call often, split the cost, and each save $50. (more…)
Along with Amazon’s Echo Show announcement this morning, the company also introduced Alexa calling and messaging. With Alexa calling and messaging, you’ll soon be able to send voice messages or place calls to anyone with the Alexa app installed on Android or iOS phones, along with those who have supported Echo devices. (more…)
The Amazon Echo Show, Amazon’s first touchscreen-enabled Alexa-equipped Echo device, is now available for pre-order. The device, which has been rumored for months, is the device first revealed in leaked images last week. Yep, the countertop video poker machine is official at $230.
The new Echo Show features a 7-inch touchscreen, 5MP front camera, dual 2-inch stereo speakers, an intel Atom x5-Z8350 processor, dual-band 802.11n Wifi, and is powered by Alexa. It weighs 41oz (1170g) and has dimensions of 187x187x90mm. It’s big, but I don’t know that it’s as big as we had originally imagined. (more…)