Echo Or Alexa
Echo Dot. Is the device name Echo or Alexa? Naming the Amazon family of speakers triggers some confusion. The answer is quite simple,
The device, a speaker, is Echo and in it is Alexa, the intelligent voice assistant.
Meanwhile, there is a whole hardware series, with which Alexa can be controlled from the small Echo Dot to the Amazon Echo up to the Echo Plus.
The latest additions Echo Show and Echo Spot even have a display on which you can also watch videos.
All devices have one thing in common, with each echo you can fully use the functions of the virtual voice assistant Alexa.
These include questions,
“Alexa, how will the weather be tomorrow?”,
“Alexa, what’s going on at 8 pm tonight?”
“Alexa, call me a taxi!”
or instructions for controlling smart home devices such as lights or heaters.
And of course, you can play songs, make calls and manage calendar entries with each Echo by voice command.
By the way, also the Skills, apps specially developed for the Echos run on all models.
Skills Make Alexa Smarter
The functionality of the echoes depends on the skills that are installed on them.
Basically, the skills are apps for the Echoes that make the language assistant Alexa smarter.
There is a skill for every application, if you want to order a taxi you need the Uber-Skill.
The collection of skills on Amazon is growing daily. Dictionaries and translators, TV programs, radio stations and more smart home skills are constantly added.
At the beginning of 2018, more than 25,000 skills were available internationally.
For Purists, The Echo Dot
The simplest echo model, the Echo Dot, is available for $ 49.99.- with all Alexa features included.
In summation, there are hardly any additional functions on the device itself.
On the top are volume controls, a mute function for the microphone and a key that serves as an alternative to the voice command “Alexa.”
A bright LED ring indicates the volume and Alexas readiness to listen.
In the Echo Dot, a relatively small speaker is installed, which achieves the sound quality of a portable radio.
If you want to play music with good sound via the Echo Dot, you can connect external speakers via Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm jack.
It’s ideally suited to equip rooms with the language assistant Alexa.
The Echo Dot is available in black and white.