Alexa is Amazon's artificial intelligence driven software that powers Echo and a whole range of other devices made by third party manufacturers. Or, if you only want to call up your friend who lives elsewhere, you will need to have one each.
In other respects, Alexa has the same capabilities on the Spot as with any other Echo.
Echo Spot features second generation far-field technology with four microphones, acoustic beam-forming technology, and enhanced noise cancellation so it can hear you from across the room-even while music is playing.
Most Alexa skills can be launched by saying, "Alexa, open X".
Weirdly, you now have to allow yourself to use Drop In, via the Alexa app.
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Amazon is encouraging the Echo Dot to be in the bedroom as it says in its press release, "The size and viewing angle of the screen make Echo Spot ideal for use on a nightstand or desk as a smart alarm clock that can also turn your lights on and off, watch a video flash briefing, show your commute time, get the weather, or show your calendar".
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Alexa offers a hands-free music experience with premier music services including the all-new Amazon Music Unlimited service, also available in Ireland. However, Alexa is supposed to get more intelligent and more intuitive the more it is used. It isn't as great for music as it lacks bass and outright volume, but Amazon gives you two ways to connect a better speaker: Bluetooth and aux out. I started off by setting an alarm using Alexa, then shut down my house's entire internet connection.
The audio programme is a flawless match for Amazon's Echo devices as they are smart speakers controlled by the company's cloud-based voice service Alexa. Also, sadly for our readers in the United Kingdom and Australia, the Alexa app on Windows 10 will launch only in the USA to start, with no word on when it will land in those regions.
In any case, if you think you'll use the Spot's extra features and prefer the idea of Alexa with a display, the Spot is a decent buy.