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Don’t buy an Amazon Echo Dot — get the Zolo Halo instead*

*But only if you’re OK missing out on a few of the Echo’s cooler features.

The is the Zolo Halo. It’s mostly like an Amazon Echo Dot. It’s a connected speaker. It’s got a microphone. It has Amazon Alexa built into it. So it can answer questions and control things and do most everything the Echo can do.

And at $ 391, it’s priced about the same as the Echo Dot (which officially is $ 49 but had  [Read More…]

New Amazon Echo device owner? Here are the first things to try

Amazon Echo was one of the most sought-after gifts during the most recent holiday season, literally flying off virtual and physical shelves. Three years after defining a category with the first Echo smart speaker, Amazon has regularly refreshed an expanded the line which now includes seven models, each powered by Alexa. Echo (1st generation) Echo […]

Amazon Echo and Music Unlimited coming to Australia and New Zealand

Pre-orders for Echo in Australia are live now; Music Unlimited launching in February.

Although the Google Home is my smart speaker of choice, there’s one important area in this market were Amazon still reigns supreme – worldwide availability. The company launched its Echo hardware and Music Unlimited streaming service in 26 countries across the globe in early December, and now these two things are coming to Australia and New Zealand.

In regards to Echo devices, Australia and  [Read More…]

Amazon Alexa and Echo speakers in Canada: Everything you need to know!

The Amazon Echo and Alexa is officially available to Canadians! Here’s everything you need to know!

Now that the Amazon Echo is officially available in Canada, Amazon has some pretty good deals for Canadians looking to fill their home with smart speakers. While the Echo line of products continues to expand in the U.S., Amazon launched Alexa in Canada along with its three signature Echo Speakers: The Amazon Echo (2nd Gen.), Echo Plus, and Echo Dot (2nd  [Read More…]

Lenovo’s Echo Show alternative comes with the Google Assistant built-in

The dispute between Amazon and Google over whether the former’s Echo Show should get YouTube access just escalated to a whole new level. At CES 2018, we learned that Lenovo and Google have partnered up for an Echo Show rival with the Google Assistant on board. What’s more, Google announced partnerships with a wide range […]

Lenovo’s Smart Display is the Google Assistant-powered Echo Show we’ve been waiting for

It’s time for Google Assistant to branch out, starting with displays in the home.

Google Home and Amazon Echo match up in both the small and medium speaker segments, but the hardware offerings start to diverge from there.

Amazon has clearly taken the lead with screen-toting assistant speakers with its Echo Show and Echo Spot, with no response from Google in the category. That is, until now.

Leave it to Lenovo of all companies to make a  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Spot review

The Echo Spot may be the cutest yet. And unlike its older sibling with a display, this one seems more comfortable in its skin.

The quick take

The Echo Spot is a smaller, rounder version of the Echo Show, with many of the same advantages — and missing some of the same features that are solely missing in that device.

The Good It’s a fun, great-looking Echo The round display is a good size All the smarts of  [Read More…]

Amazon Echo Spot now available for $129.99, won’t ship in time for Christmas

Introduced back in September, the Amazon Echo Spot – a tiny smart speaker with a circular 2.5-inch display – is finally available for purchase. Customers can now place an order for the Black or White version for $ 129.99 a pop on Amazon. The mini speaker actually appeared on the Amazon website around Thanksgiving, but it […]

Amazon’s Echo Spot is now on sale and already sold out

The Echo Spot is here, but you can’t have one just yet.

During Amazon’s fall hardware event this year, one of the more eye-catching announcements was the Echo Spot – Amazon’s futuristic alarm clock with a circular display and the full power of Alexa. The Echo Spot officially went on sale today, December 19, but it’s already out of stock.

Amazon actually sold out of the Echo Spot back around Thanksgiving, and while you can still technically  [Read More…]

You can finally play Spotify on multiple Amazon Echo speakers

Available first in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, and Ireland.

Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are truly awesome, and with fun hardware like the Echo Show and Echo Spot, they’re only getting better. However, as many improvements as we’ve seen on both the hardware and software fronts, one feature that’s been noticeably absent since multi-room audio was added in August is the ability to stream Spotify on multiple Echo speakers at the same time.

Thankfully, this changes today.

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