Retailer giant Amazon has introduced two new Alexa-Enabled devices. The new Echo Dot and Amazon Tap Portable Wireless Speaker are Amazon’s version of Apple’s Siri, Google’s Now and Microsoft’s Cortana, voice-controlled personal assistant.
The two new devices work in a similar fashion to Amazon’s Echo announced last year. The hands free voice control devices are powered by Alexa and are always ready for your command. You can ask it to check weather, traffic, time and even control your house lighting, temperature and appliances.
Starting with Amazon’s Echo Dot. It is a hands-free voice controlled device that uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Directly connect Echo Dot to speakers with an audio cable or via Bluetooth, and add voice-control to your home stereo system. Plus, with its small built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock, or in any room as a voice assistant to control smart home devices and more.
Amazon’s Echo Dot is available for $89.99 exclusively for Prime members through Alexa Voice Shopping. To order an Echo Dot, existing Echo and Fire TV customers can just say “Alexa, order an Echo Dot.” You can lean more about the Echo Dot and how to get it by heading directly to Amazon.com
Amazon Tap is an Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi speaker that offers rich, full-range sound. Just tap the microphone button and ask for music, hear the news, search for information, order a pizza, and more with the Alexa Voice Service. Amazon Tap has dual stereo speakers with Dolby processing that provide crisp vocals, extended bass response, and 360° omni-directional audio. Amazon Tap is available for pre-order today for $129.99 from Amazon.com.
Unfortunately, like Amazon’s Echo, it seems that the new Echo Dot and Amazon Tap are only destined for consumers in the United States. At this point, there is no official word about global availability for either device.