When Apple launches a new product, Amazon’s Alexa is on top of it
Apple has quietly launched an Amazon Echo competitor for its retail stores, the Amazon Echo Spot, which is available in a number of different retailers.
According to a recent report by the Wall Street Journal, Amazon has made a move to expand its Alexa voice assistant to include other retail channels.
The Echo Spot is currently available in some major U.S. retailers including Walmart, Costco, Target, Best Buy and Sears, as well as some retailers in Asia, including a number in Japan.
The Amazon Echo voice assistant can be configured to perform tasks such as controlling Amazon Prime subscriptions and searching for products through the Alexa-enabled app, but the company hasn’t officially announced an availability for the Echo Spot in the U.K.
As we reported in October, Amazon plans to launch an Alexa-powered digital assistant in the UK sometime in 2020.
Amazon is also working on a new voice assistant that will use the same hardware and software platform as the Echo devices, but is expected to run on a much lower price point.
Amazon has said that the new voice assistants will be able to do more and “build smarter,” but hasn’t provided a timeline for when they will be available.
Amazon’s Echo Spot will reportedly include more features than the Echo Dot, including an Alexa microphone, an IR sensor, and a speaker.
Amazon plans to expand the Echo line in the future with more Alexa-compatible products, including the Echo Tap and Echo Dot.