What is the Amazon Echo?
The Amazon Echo is a wireless speaker/smart personal assistant hybrid, wrapped in a sleek black cyllinder. It's like a Jambox and Siri had a baby together, and her name is Alexa. She costs $179.99.
Hey Alexa, play "Hotline Bling"
The Echo is designed around your voice. The Echo is always listening and can hear you from across the room, even with music playing in the background. Echo is also a high-quality speaker that fills any room with great sound.
Alexa is the Amazon Echo as Siri is to the iPhone -- she's a cloud based voice service that will provide information, answer questions, play music, read news, check sports scores, and more.
If your music is on Amazon Prime, this is a no-brainer.
The experience of playing music just with your voice is that much better. No turning your bluetooth on and syncing it to your speaker. The Amazon Echo just works, and we find ourselves listening to more music because of it. The Echo also works with Pandora, TuneIn and iHeartRadio, but we're still waiting for Spotify.
It keeps getting better.
That's the thing though. Alexa is built in the cloud, so she's always getting smarter. The more you talk to her, the more she adapts to your speech patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences. And because Alexa is always connected, updates are delivered automatically.
Amazon is always adding new capabilities to the Echo too. Recent additions include Pandora, audiobooks from Audible, Google Calendar, Amazon.com re-ordering, and smart home connections to WeMo, Phillips Hue, SmartThings, and Wink.
So now Echo will wake you up to your favorite Pandora Station, turn on you Phillips Hue lightbulbs, and read you your Calendar for the day.
"Welcome to the future."