What is Amazon Echo?
Amazon Echo is a smart speaker developed by Amazon.com. It is a 9.25inch tall cylinder speaker with a seven-piece microphone array, connected to ‘Alexa’, the voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant. The Alexa voice service, is the brains behind the machine, is available to be added to other devices and other companies’ devices, that has encouraged them to connect to it. It is capable of voice interaction, music playback, setting timers and alarms, streaming podcasts, making to-do lists, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic and other real-time information. It is the perfect hands-free companion for the customers.
• Calling and Texting via Voice
One of the biggest features recently introduced is handsfree calling and texting on the Amazon Echo. Voice calling & messaging is easy in Echo. Granting Alexa access to your contact list, you can allow anyone to call or text you through the Echo.
• Control your smart home
Alexa performs excellent service in controlling your lights, door locks, appliances, switches and other smart home devices. You need to browse the smart home compatibility tool.
• Free Music Streaming and Radio
The Echo, initially, built as a Bluetooth speaker offers numerous options, both premium and free to all the users. Instead of paying for Spotify premium each month, you can access free music through Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn radio.
• Alarms and timers
One of the great features of this device is the timers and alarms expanded with multiple functions, customized alarm sets, and repeating alarms.
• Order and Track Amazon Purchases
Being a member of Amazon Prime, users get a minimum free two-day shipping, free music, cloud storage, and free videos. These perks are better with Echo because you can order, re-order, and track Amazon packages. Alexa can tell you when an order was placed and when it’s expected to arrive. It can also order any Prime eligible product.
• Get the news
The Flash Briefing service in the device activated through Alexa allows you to know all important daily news updates every day. You can customize it to include the news sources you want to hear from like CNN, NPR, BBC, and Discovery.