44 Facts About Amazon Echo


Amazon Echo, often shortened to Echo, is an American brand of smart speakers developed by Amazon.

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Additionally, the Alexa voice service is available to be added to other devices, and Amazon Echo encourages other companies' devices and services to connect to it.

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The Amazon Echo was originally supposed to be called the Amazon Flash.

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Lab126 believed that "Amazon Echo" is too much of a commonly used word, and the device would react when it was not intended to.

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The Amazon Echo was originally pitched as only a smart speaker, it was not originally intended to be a smart home hub, as it is, until after it was launched.

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Amazon Echo was initially released in March 2014 for Amazon Prime and invited members, and was marketed alongside the voice of the product, Alexa.

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Amazon Echo has claimed that the voice of Alexa was inspired by electronic communications systems featured in the television series Star Trek: The Original Series and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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In November 2016 the second generation of the Amazon Echo Dot was released for a lower price with improved voice recognition and new colors.

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In June 2018 the Amazon Echo Show was released to the public as a device with a 7-inch screen used for streaming media, making video calls and the use of Alexa.

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Amazon Echo devices require a wireless Internet connection in order to work.

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Amazon Echo devices offer weather from AccuWeather and news from a variety of sources, including local radio stations, BBC, NPR, and ESPN from TuneIn and iHeartRadio.

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Amazon Echo maintains voice-controlled alarms, timers, shopping and to-do lists and can access Wikipedia articles.

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Amazon Echo will respond to questions about items in one's Google Calendar.

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Additionally, integration with the Amazon Echo is in the works for Countertop by Orange Chef, Sonos, Scout Alarm, Garageio, Toymail, MARA, and Mojio.

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Amazon Echo devices have access to "skills" built with the Alexa Skills Kit.

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Amazon Echo offers Guard Plus, this paid for option enables other features such as playing the sound of a dog barking when an intruder is detected.

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For example, in April 2015, the Amazon Echo added the ability to give live sports scores without updating the software version running on the device.

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Amazon Echo is able to connect to many different smart home devices.

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The Amazon Echo will be able to play music and other media in multiple rooms in a house through other Echos and speakers that are in the "Music Group".

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The Amazon Echo must be plugged in to operate since it has no internal battery.

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The beast-mode version was a first-generation Amazon Echo that responded to a user's commands with Marshawn Lynch's voice, instead of the Alexa voice.

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In 2016, the Amazon Echo became available in the United Kingdom and Germany.

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In March 2016, Amazon unveiled the original Amazon Echo Dot, which is a hockey puck-sized version of the Echo designed to be connected to external speakers due to the smaller size of the onboard speakers, or to be used in rooms such as the bedroom as an alternative to the full-sized Echo.

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Amazon Echo never commented on the promotion or gave any indication of how many Dots were given away.

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The company's earnings reports and press releases reveal that the Echo Dot has been among the top-selling products on Amazon.

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In July 2021, Amazon ran a promotion to give a price discount on the Echo Dot, reducing the price from $39.

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The Tap can do the many things the Amazon Echo can do; however, as it is battery-powered, it is portable.

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Three years later, Echo Look owners received an email from Amazon stating that the device would soon stop working, because Amazon was discontinuing production and sales of the device.

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In May 2017, Amazon introduced the Echo Show, which features a tactile 7-inch liquid-crystal display screen that can be used for playing media, making video calls, and other features.

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Amazon has released two additional sizes of the Echo Show making them available in both 5- and 8-inch displays.

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On 27 September 2017, Amazon launched the Echo Spot, a hemispherical device that has the same functions as an Echo Show.

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On 27 September 2017, Amazon announced the Echo Plus, which released on 31 October 2017.

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Amazon Echo Auto became available as an invite-only product to US customers near the end of 2018.

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Amazon Echo Input is an Alexa input device with no on-board speakers.

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The Amazon Echo Link is a higher-end version of the Amazon Echo Input, with additional output ports and a volume knob.

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In September 2018, Amazon announced the Echo Sub, a subwoofer that connects to other Echo speakers, and the Echo Wall Clock, which can display how much time is remaining on timers set with an Echo device.

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The Amazon Echo Loop uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone for Internet access.

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In May 2018, it was reported that an Amazon Echo device had sent a recorded conversation to an acquaintance of a user who did not intend for this to happen.

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Amazon Echo apologized and conjectured that one part of the conversation had been misinterpreted as a command to distribute it.

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Amazon Echo uses an address set in the Alexa companion app when it needs a location.

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Similarly, Amazon Echo uses the user's location to process the user's mapping-related requests and improve the Maps experience.

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Amazon Echo retains digital recordings of users' audio spoken after the "wake up word", and while the audio recordings are subject to demands by law enforcement, government agents, and other entities via subpoena, Amazon Echo publishes some information about the warrants it receives, the subpoenas it receives, and some of the warrant-less demands it receives, allowing customers some indication as to the percentage of illegal demands for customer information it receives.

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In February 2017, Luke Millanta successfully demonstrated how an Echo could be connected to, and used to control, a Tesla Model S At the time, some journalists voiced concerns that such levels of in-car connectivity could be abused, speculating that hackers may attempt to take control of said vehicles without driver consent.

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Amazon Echo has provided inconsistent responses when asked common questions to which users would expect better answers.

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