Amazon has brought its Alexa voice assistant and a range of compatible Echo devices to Mexico. The Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, Echo Spot, and Amazon Smart Plug are all available to pre-order today, and shipping will start next week. The company is also bringing Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music to Mexico today, right in time for people to ask their new Echo devices to play music. Amazon launched Alexa in Spain last month, but the company says the voice assistant has now been updated to work with Mexican Spanish and makes use of local information. Amazon is the last major company to arrive in this market —Apple started selling the HomePod in Spain and Mexico last month, while the Google Home and Home Mini were released in the two countries back in June. … [Read more...] about Amazon launches Echo and Alexa in Mexico
Best for smart home Great for any Android user Amazon makes it easy to control your Echo speakers and other smart home products with customizable routines. We'd recommend buying an Echo Plus for it's built-in smart home hub functionality. $150 at Amazon Pros Easy to create custom routines Great for smart home control and automation Benefited by Amazon's growing Echo product line Cons Less useful for day-planning purposes Somewhat limited if you don't have other smart home products Google Assistant is great for a lot of things, but creating custom routines is still a total chore. Fortunately, there are the convenient, ready-made routines which you'll probably use on a near-daily basis. $130 at Best Buy Pros Google Assistant is baked into Android OS Works well with Chromecast-enabled devices Makes convenient uses of your Google Data Cons Clunky to create custom routines User interface is hidden in the Home app What's a routine? First off, you might be wondering what … [Read more...] about Google Assistant vs. Alexa: Which routines are better for you?
What do you use your Amazon Echo for? To listen to Spotify, hear the headlines or maybe to check the weather forecast? With over 30,000 Alexa skills available, smart home devices can do so much more than this and UK charities are taking advantage of the growing use of voice technology. Through Alexa, charities can offer people health advice, allow them to make donations and even catch up all the all-important science headlines. With more and more people buying smart speakers - one in 10 people in the UK own a device - voice tech is the new way for charities to reach people in their homes. Breast Cancer Care: raising awareness of breast cancer symptoms Only 48 per cent of women in the UK are regularly checking their breasts for breast cancer symptoms, which is one of the reasons the charity Breast Cancer Care has launched its new Alexa skill to share information on the signs and symptoms of the disease. The new tool guides women through a breast … [Read more...] about How Amazon’s Alexa could save your life
Let’s be honest: The sheer number of Amazon Echo devices available is a little overwhelming, and it’s OK if you’re confused about which one to get for yourself or as a holiday gift. While the Alexa voice assistant is the same for all the devices (for the most part), there are some things to consider when shopping, like, do you care about sound? Do you want a screen? Are you looking for a built-in smart home hub as well as a voice assistant? We’re here to help. Here’s every current and upcoming Echo device, what each does, who it’s good for, and other important information. Keep this list handy and you’ll never get confused. Echo 2nd generation ($100) What it is: A Bluetooth smart speaker with built-in Alexa voice assistant. This is Amazon’s flagship Echo device, and features decent sound with a 2.5 inch woofer and 0.6 inch tweeter. What it does: Everything Alexa does: plays music, answers questions, tells jokes, makes reminders and … [Read more...] about Confused about all the Amazon Echo Alexa Devices? Here’s the entire lineup
Amazon is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its Alexa digital assistant with a big sale. It includes discounts on Alexa-enabled devices like Echo smart speakers, Fire tablets and more The Alexa birthday sales lasts from now until Nov. 6. Happy birthday to Alexa. Four years ago, Amazon publically announced it had created the Alexa digital assistant to work with the first version of its Echo smart speaker. Since then, Alexa has expanded its reach and is now available not just on Amazon’s own hardware products, like its Fire TV devices and Fire tablets, but also on tons of third-party hardware products as well.To celebrate, Amazon is holding a big Alexa birthday sale from now until November 6, with special discounts and offers on many Alexa-based devices. Here’s a look at just some of the products with price cuts and offers: Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) – $29.99 (save $10) Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Gen) – $100 for four (save $60) Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) … [Read more...] about Amazon is celebrating Alexa’s fourth birthday with some great hardware sales