Amazon has revealed its latest iteration on the Echo Dot, once a puck-shaped companion to the larger Echo line of smart speakers and now a spherical smart speaker. The announcement was made during Amazon’s annual Alexa-themed hardware event that aired live Thursday afternoon. The new look matches that of the new fourth-generation Echo standard, also announced today.
This is technically also the fourth generation Dot and not the fifth, as last year’s minor iteration only added an LED screen to show the time, temperature and other minor information. through the fabric cover of the speaker.
The big feature this time around, however, is a redesign of the entire Echo lineup, turning the washer and cylinder designs of previous models into small and large orbs with the now-standard cloth covering Amazon has started to introduce in its Echo models. subsequent. Amazon is selling two models again, a cheaper one without a built-in LED display and one for $ 10 more with the display.
In addition to the standard Echo Dots, Amazon is also releasing a new Echo Dot Kids edition which will retail for $ 59.99 and come with cute.
animal face design, presumably to inspire feelings of warmth and goodwill (instead of cold ambivalence … or fear?) towards Alexa devices in young children.
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