Amazon's Echo Dot is priced at an all time low

Amazon's Echo Dot is priced at an all time low
While Amazon Prime Day doesn't start until tomorrow, you can get a head start on all the deals by purchasing the Amazon Echo Dot at its lowest price ever. Normally $49.99, the third-generation smart speaker can be yours for only $22. That is a remarkable 56% savings and undercuts the previous low of $24.99. And three Dots will cost you $59.99 (the discounted price will appear at checkout).

The smart speaker category was created by Amazon with the Echo back in 2014. First available only to Prime members, Amazon broadened distribution in June 2015 and never looked back. The product also introduced virtual personal assistant Alexa to the world. While the original Echo Dot looked a bit like an overgrown hockey puck, the latest version includes a "fabric design" and improved sound. Color options are Heather Gray, Charcoal and Sandstone.

With Alexa you can control your smart home devices, stream music, hear the latest weather and news, find out how your favorite team is faring today and check out your portfolio. The device will also allow you to set alarms and timers, There are more than 70,000 skills available for Alexa and with the app and your smartphone, enabling them for your Echo Dot is just a tap away.

As of the end of 2018, only 21% of adults in the U.S owned a smart speaker. That figure should rise this year, and with deals like this one, now is the best time to take the plunge if you don't own a smart speaker. And if you already own an Echo device, this would appear to be a great time to add more and put together an intercom system in your home.



1. vgking9699

Posts: 205; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

This just shows how amazon doesn’t care so much about profiting for selling their own speaker hardware as they do about just getting as many of these speakers into people’s homes as possible so they can get more people getting listened to secretly and sell off your personal data and sell off advertising

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7514; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all $22 is a great price for a standalone voice assistant. Second, as if it cost Amazon $22 to even make the Echo dot in the first place. Third, all the Assistant smarts come from the server side, and not the device hardware side. Also both Alexa and Google Assistant offer you flexible voice assistant platforms. From inexpensive smart speakers, to more robust and feature full smart displays. Plus they offer you lots of apps, where developers can even make apps, for either a smart speaker, and/or smart display. The beauty of Alexa and Google Assistant over say Siri, is that 3rd party apps run on the server side, and the client hardware can be any CPU or OS, including an SBC, like the $35 Raspberry Pi 4. They also support smart displays, Siri doesn't. The 3rd gen dot is pretty good, sound quality wise. If you don't mind spending some more money, then you could go for a smart display instead, like the Echo 5 smart display ($90). If you prefer Google Assistant over Alexa, then the Google Home mini is good, or go for a ($80) smart display like the Lenovo smart clock instead. Apple's Siri in my opinion has lost the war when it comes to smart voice assistants. Especially since Siri's Achilles heel is being locked down to running only on iOS supported hardware, Including any 3rd party SiriKit apps. Apple to this day only has one smart speaker and its overpriced, and you need to buy two of them if you want stereo sound. To this day iOS developers still cannot make any standalone Siri voice apps for Apple's one and only HomePod. But it's also because SiriKit is so restrictive, and developers have to make their Siri apps fit or work under 1 of only 9 domains that Apple supports, and when iOS 13 hits it will be 12 domains. The other smart assistants allow developers to make any voice app they want. Apple better wake up, and soon, because Siri is so far behind both Alexa and Google Assistant. That it's not funny.

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