Yesterday's rumor about a new $50 Echo Dot has come true.
Amazon announced the second-gen Echo Dot on Wednesday. It's going to be available on 20 October, and it's also launching in the UK and Germany:
Amazon today introduced an all-new version of the groundbreaking Echo Dot for under $50, so you can add Alexa to any room in your home. Just like Echo, Echo Dot gives you access to all of Alexa’s capabilities—she can answer questions, play music, turn on the lights, set timers, give sports updates, check the weather, access over 3,000 Alexa skills, and much more. The all-new Echo Dot is available for pre-order and will begin shipping next month.
When Amazon launched the $90 Echo Dot earlier this year, it was the cheapest way to interact with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant. Now it's even cheaper, and the new hard feature an improved voice recognition circuit, volume buttons, and a more compact design.
You can get the new model in black and white. They're $50 each, or you can buy them in sets of six and get a free one. Amazon clearly wants us to get one for each room in the house, and I will - just as soon as Amazon builds in an intercom feature.
Come one, surely I'm not the only one who wants to say "Alexa, call X", and carry on a conversation?
That is not a practical idea if all you have are $190 Echos, but now that we have a $50 Echo Dot it's not so crazy.