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Amazon's Echo Spot bedside speaker clock comes to the UK

Amazon's Echo Spot bedside speaker clock comes to the UK

The ball-shaped device is about the size of a softball and created to sit on your bedside table or even in the kitchen or elsewhere.

It's not just about telling the time though. The design of the Spot is one of the best we've seen from Amazon, though. You'll be able to watch video clips, check the weather, sports results, dial into a security camera elsewhere in your house, such as your Ring doorbell or Arlo system, or control smart devices around your house. In many respects it is meant to be a smaller and more affordable version of the Amazon Echo Show; being a smaller device the speaker quality isn't going to be quite as good, but it is cheaper and still comes fully-featured in terms of its personal assistant capabilities.

The other popular use of amazon echo devices is listening to music.

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.

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Both devices are designed for video calls and both feature the instant "drop in" feature that lets you make quick video calls without actually making the call. Or, if you prefer, a radio station. Unlike the Echo Dot which is only really passable for things like chatting, the Echo Spot had a nice sound to it. It is to the Echo Show what the Dot is to the larger, cylindrical versions of the Alexa-containing smart device.

The Echo Spot uses quad-mic array, compared to Amazon's typical eight/seven mic arrangement on most of the Echo line-up, however, don't expect this to impact its functionality in any noticable way. It's softer form makes it nicer to look at than the Echo Show, but it's important to recognise the difference between these two devices. It's an ideal bedside clock, as long as you take precautions to ensure you don't appear on video or call your friends in the middle of the night - but perhaps that's the appeal.

The Alexa-powered Amazon Echo Spot bedside speaker is now officially available for preorder in the United Kingdom and is set to start shipping later this month.

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.

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