Amazon Echo Spot Silently Launched In India At $157

Rosemary Collier
April 25, 2018

Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) Echos will receive a free update on May 9 that allows for a FreeTime setting that gears the smart speaker towards children. A user can purchase products immediately or add items easily to his/her shopping list or shopping cart.

The paid-for tier - of which you get a free year when purchasing an Echo Dot for kids - blocks content with adult elements (sweary music and the like) - and opens up selections of kids audiobooks from Audible, ad-free stations from iHeartRadio and character-based skills and alarms. This will essentially enable you to use the Alexa voice assistant without having to switch on your TV.

Use Echo Spot features a front-facing camera which can help you in making Alexa-to-Alexa voice-controlled video calls or send a message. Now the same device has finally been launched in India at price tag of Rs 10,499. Additionally, it also supports various other skills that will allow you to see recipes from Sanjeev Kapoor, book Ola cab, check out your horoscope and also discover restaurants with Zomato.

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The big deal with the Echo Spot is its 2.5-inch round screen, which adds additional functionality to a speaker that is already fairly smart due to the built-in Alexa virtual assistant.

Echo Spot features second generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation.

Amazon has announced the launch of the new Echo Spot smart speaker in India. It'll connect to any other Alexa device for a simple multi-room music system, too.

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If you're interested, you can now pick up the Echo Spot for ₹10,499 in the country.

FreeTime Unlimited does cost $3 a month after that year is up, but if you choose not to continue the Echo Dot Kids Edition will be rolled back to a basic service that differentiates it from regular Echo devices. However, people close to the project have indicated that the robot will be in a form of a mobile Alexa, and will accompany customers in some sections of theirs homes where they can't access Echo. He was particular, however, in mentioning that the Echo Spot remains a voice-first experience.

There's a new Amazon Echo - and it's meant specifically for kids. If kids say, "Alexa, can you please tell me what's five plus seven", Alexa will respond, "Five plus seven equals 12".

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