Latest Amazon smart home news

What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?

What is Amazon Echo Connect and how does it make calls?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has a new Echo accessory that turns your Echo speaker into a voice-controlled speakerphone.It's called Echo Connect. Before it came along, you could only make calls from one Echo speaker to another Echo speaker, kind of like an intercom system.... Read more

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

What is Amazon Echo Look and how does it work?

By Elyse Betters

Echo Look is one of the newest additions to Amazon's line of Echo-branded devices, and it's also one of the quirkiest.Each Echo device has a different form factor and is best suited to a specific environment - whether you're at home and want to listen... Read more

What is Alexa? And what can Amazon Echo do?

What is Alexa? And what can Amazon Echo do?

By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon's Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and devices that can be controlled with your voice. The Amazon personal assistant is called Alexa, who will perform various tasks for you and control various systems.In this feature we'll explain... Read more

Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons are free and available for all Prime members to use

Amazon Virtual Dash Buttons are free and available for all Prime members to use

By Rik Henderson

Dash Buttons have been around for a few years now, enabling you to instantly order a product on Amazon through the click of a connected, physical button.Each Button costs a small sum which essentially goes towards your first order.Now Amazon has expanded... Read more

Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119

Amazon Echo Spot now available in the UK, pre-order today for £119

By Chris Hall

The missing piece of the Echo puzzle - the Echo Spot - is now available to pre-order in the UK. The little brother to the Echo Show, the Echo Spot makes for a perfect bedside companion. See the Echo Spot on Amazon UK  Announced alongside the refreshed... Read more

Amazon's next device? A mirror for trying virtual clothes, patent hints

Amazon's next device? A mirror for trying virtual clothes, patent hints

By Elyse Betters

You have to admit it: Amazon isn't afraid to dream.It had the foresight to develop Echo speakers, as well as the Alexa assistant, and then it opened up the Alexa platform up to developers and manufacturers. Now, we have Alexa everywhere, and in a range... Read more

How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and use Drop In on Amazon Echo devices

By Elyse Betters

Christmas is done and that likely means you have new Echo devices.Whether you have an Echo speaker or an Echo with a screen, you can take advantage one of Amazon's coolest Alexa features: Drop In. With Drop In, you're able to instantly connect to any... Read more

Got an Amazon Echo for Christmas? Here's how to get music playing for £3.99 a month

Got an Amazon Echo for Christmas? Here's how to get music playing for £3.99 a month

By Max Langridge

With Amazon recently refreshing its Echo lineup and offering some decent discounts before Christmas, there's a good chance you found one underneath your Christmas tree this year. Now that you've stuffed yourself silly with turkey and done the rounds with... Read more

Amazing Echo bargains: Post-Christmas deals on the Amazon Echo Dot

Amazing Echo bargains: Post-Christmas deals on the Amazon Echo Dot

By Adrian Willings

Christmas is over now and if you didn't find an Amazon Echo device under your Christmas tree then you might be disappointed. There's no need to fret though as Amazon is running post-Christmas sales so there's still a chance to snap up a bargain.Amazon... Read more

Amazon Echo: First things you should do to get started with Alexa

Amazon Echo: First things you should do to get started with Alexa

By Adrian Willings

Your Amazon Echo has just arrived and you might have glanced at the quick-start guide, but beyond the basic setup, do you know what Alexa can do or what services you want to integrate with your device?Read on as we run through our list of the top things... Read more

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

Doubling up on Alexa: How to use multiple Amazon Echo and Dots

By Adrian Willings

Amazon is pushing the Echo and Echo Dot hard, in a bid to dominate the connected home market before too many players - like Google - can catch up.The Amazon Echo got off to a flying start, establishing itself as one of the hottest smart home devices,... Read more

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to Alexa

Amazon Echo tips and tricks: The ultimate guide to Alexa

By Elyse Betters

The Amazon Echo needs no introduction, that gateway to a world of connected fun. Posing as a cylindrical speaker, the Amazon Echo is was one of the hottest gadgets of 2016, and with a continuously expanding set of Alexa skills, it's a hot product for... Read more

16 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas

16 fun things to ask Alexa this Christmas

By Rik Henderson

Considering the amazing bargains on Amazon Echo speakers during Black Friday and on the build-up to Christmas, you may well have treated yourself or a loved one to an Echo, Echo Plus or another Alexa-enabled device already.Or you might be hoping to find... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons are available in the UK, order now for Christmas party fun

Amazon Echo Buttons are available in the UK, order now for Christmas party fun

By Chris Hall

The Amazon Echo Buttons are the first "Alexa Gadgets", a fun accessory for your Echo that will let you play interactive games. They were initially announced for the US, but Amazon.co.uk is now offering them for the UK too.Priced at £19.99 a pair in... Read more

Amazon's new Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons are now available to buy in the US

Amazon's new Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons are now available to buy in the US

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has released a new Echo device and two new Echo gadgets, just in time for Christmas.In September, the online retailer announced the Echo Spot, Echo Connect, and Echo Buttons, and now, roughly three months later, it's made all three available to... Read more

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

How to set up and play music on multiple Amazon Echo devices

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Echo devices support multi-room audio.Technically, Amazon is calling the new feature "multi-room music", but it works similarly; you can use the feature to play music across multiple Echo devices in your home at the same time. But there are... Read more

Wow! Amazon Echo Show gets a huge £70 knocked off for Christmas

Wow! Amazon Echo Show gets a huge £70 knocked off for Christmas

By Rik Henderson

Amazon is known for its amazing bargains during major sale periods and Christmas is no exception. If you were interested in adding an Amazon Echo Show to your smart home setup, now is the time: it's available with a massive £70 off the cover price on... Read more

Google pulls YouTube support from Echo Show, Fire TV to lose access in New Year

Google pulls YouTube support from Echo Show, Fire TV to lose access in New Year

By Max Langridge

Is Google being petty, or are its reasons completely justified. That's what we're wondering after it's been announced that Google is removing YouTube access from the Echo Show as of today and the Fire TV device from 1 January 2018. Amazon Echo Show: Release... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

Amazon Echo Buttons pre-order now open bringing interactive Alexa fun

By Chris Hall

The Echo Buttons are designed to bring a level of physical interaction with the Amazon Echo, meaning you can play games being hosted by your friendly AI speaker.Announced with the birth of the new Echo speakers, the new Echo Buttons come in a two pack... Read more

Amazon announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

Amazon announces new (RED) Echo and 150 other (RED) items for charity

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has partnered with (RED) on a US-only sale for charity.(RED), founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, aims to help fight AIDS. It teams up with famous brands and companies, like Apple, which agree to contribute up to 50 per cent of profits from... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

Amazon Echo Plus hits Black Friday sales, yours for £109 today!

By Chris Hall

With the Echo and Echo Dot already seeing Black Friday discounts, it's no surprise that Amazon has now extended this offer to the Echo Plus - the smartest of the smart speakers.The Echo Plus normally retails for £139.99, but is £30 off today, meaning... Read more

Amazon Black Friday sales have started, amazing tech deals to be had right now

Amazon Black Friday sales have started, amazing tech deals to be had right now

By Rik Henderson

Amazon has started its Black Friday deals event. There are thousands of products available on its dedicated UK Black Friday pages with some amazing discounts on TVs, games consoles, games, smart home devices and many more tech items.An Xbox One S with... Read more

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

Amazon Echo Show: Release date, price and everything you need to know

By Max Langridge

Amazon has an extensive range of Echo devices. All of them can respond to voice commands, control smart home products and answer questions, but the Echo Show is a little different.It's the only Echo Device with a touchscreen display, and ushers in some... Read more

Police called to break up Amazon Alexa’s very own self-controlled party

Police called to break up Amazon Alexa’s very own self-controlled party

By Max Langridge

A resident living in Hamburg, Germany arrived back to his flat after a night out to find a new lock and an invoice after his Amazon Echo decided to start playing loud music between 2 and 3am. Amazon Echo (original) vs Echo Tap vs Echo Dot vs Echo Look... Read more

Amazon rolls out smart home AV control using Alexa voice commands

Amazon rolls out smart home AV control using Alexa voice commands

By Max Langridge

Amazon has announced a new Smart Home Skill API for Alexa-enabled devices that will allow consumers to control AV equipment such as TVs, speakers and AV receivers using Alexa voice control. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible?... Read more

Amazon's new Cloud Cam security camera monitors couriers and more

Amazon's new Cloud Cam security camera monitors couriers and more

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has launched an in-home delivery service that works with a new security camera it's simultaneously introducing.The camera, called Amazon Cloud Cam, is described by Amazon as an "intelligent indoor security camera that lets you keep track of your... Read more

What is Amazon Key, how does it work, and where is it available?

What is Amazon Key, how does it work, and where is it available?

By Elyse Betters

Have you ever had a package stolen from your doorstep?It can happen to anyone. There's not much you can do when you've ordered something to be delivered to your home and it arrives when you're not there, whether that be because you're at work or walking... Read more

How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you

How to create Amazon Alexa voice profiles so it can recognise you

By Elyse Betters

Amazon's Alexa platform is catching up to Google Assistant, with the ability to recognise individual voices.Google Home can personlise Google Assistant responses to a specific person in your household. So, if your husband asks it for a calendar briefing,... Read more

Amazon is making a smart doorbell so delivery drivers can access homes

Amazon is making a smart doorbell so delivery drivers can access homes

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is obsessed with last-mile deliveryFor instance, it is making delivery drones that will drop stuff on your front door step, and it's exploring towers to house them. But more recently, it's interested in ensuring deliveries actually arrive at their... Read more

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?

Amazon Alexa calling and messaging: What is it, how does it work, and where can you use it?

By Elyse Betters

Did you know you can use Alexa to call and message others?With the launch of the Echo Show, Amazon introduced a new Alexa calling and messaging feature. It lets you make and receive calls, as well as send messages between Echo devices and the Amazon Alexa... Read more

What are Amazon Echo Buttons and which games or skills use them?

What are Amazon Echo Buttons and which games or skills use them?

By Elyse Betters

Amazon made Echo-branded accessories for its Echo speakers.Amazon said it has a "new collection of connected products that enhance voice interactions with compatible Echo devices". This collection is called Alexa Gadgets. And one of the gadgets is the... Read more

Here's everything that Amazon just announced: New Echo, Plus, Spot, 4K Fire TV and more

Here's everything that Amazon just announced: New Echo, Plus, Spot, 4K Fire TV and more

By Stuart Miles

Amazon assembled hand-picked media for an intimate unveiling of its next-generation of Echo and Fire TV devices at its new campus in Seattle. In a press conference that moved at break-neck speed, the company unveiled a new Echo, the Echo Plus, the Echo... Read more

Amazon Echo Show is launching in UK and Germany, order today for £199

Amazon Echo Show is launching in UK and Germany, order today for £199

By Chris Hall

Amazon has announced that it is bringing the Echo Show - its connected wonder-thing with a display - to the UK and Germany.Originally announced in the US in May (and launching in June 2017), the Echo Show adds a twist the Alexa experience you know not... Read more

Whoa! Amazon's new Echo Spot is an Echo Dot-sized Echo Show

Whoa! Amazon's new Echo Spot is an Echo Dot-sized Echo Show

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is killing it today.The company has announced a bunch of new Alexa-enabled, Echo-branded devices - from an all-new Echo speaker to this weird little thing called Echo Spot. It has a small 2.5-inch screen and can be used for basic tasks, like alarms,... Read more

Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level

Amazon Echo Buttons will take your Jeopardy game to the next level

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is once again expanding its Echo line with crazy devices.While at a surprise press event in Seattle, Amazon not only announced an all-new Echo speaker, Echo Plus, and a Connect box that allows you to place landline calls, but also Echo Buttons.... Read more

Amazon Echo Plus is your superior Alexa-powered smart home controller

Amazon Echo Plus is your superior Alexa-powered smart home controller

By Chris Hall

Amazon has called together select media to revamp its Echo devices, launching a swathe of new hardware and software to expand the system even further. Not content with launching a new Echo that's primed for better sound, the company is also making a... Read more

Amazon Echo Connect turns your landline into an Alexa-enabled space-age phone

Amazon Echo Connect turns your landline into an Alexa-enabled space-age phone

By Rik Henderson

During an exclusive briefing in Seattle, Amazon has announced the Echo Connect, a box that you plug your landline phone connection into to turn it into a voice-controlled system.The box, which will be launched in the US first and come to the UK and Germany... Read more

Amazon Alexa Calling and Messaging is coming to the UK, soon

Amazon Alexa Calling and Messaging is coming to the UK, soon

By Chris Hall

Amazon has popped up with an ad hoc event, announcing a new version of the Amazon Echo and also breaking a lot of news too. Amongst the news is that Alexa Calling and Messaging is coming to the UK. The service launched in the US when the Echo Show was... Read more

All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured

All-new Amazon Echo is cheaper, shorter, and multi-coloured

By Elyse Betters

Amazon is in the middle of holding a surprise press event in Seattle, where it has announced an all-new Echo.The company started out its event by talking about how often Amazon's Alexa-enabled devices are used in the kitchen, specifically for timers and... Read more

Amazon Alexa users will soon be able to use Microsoft Cortana and vice versa

Amazon Alexa users will soon be able to use Microsoft Cortana and vice versa

By Rik Henderson

Amazon and Microsoft have jointly announced compatibility between their respective Alexa and Cortana voice assistants.You will soon be able to use Alexa on an Amazon Echo or another supported device to access Cortana features. In return, you will also... Read more

Brits can use Amazon Echo to order Ocado shopping

Brits can use Amazon Echo to order Ocado shopping

By Rik Henderson

Ocado now offers an Alexa skill in order to order groceries through an Amazon Echo or other Alexa-enabled device. Just bark commands at the Echo and the grocery delivery service will have you covered.As long as you have an existing Ocado account, you... Read more

Alexa now knows everything about Formula 1

Alexa now knows everything about Formula 1

By Max Langridge

Amazon's Alexa smart assistant has recently been updated with an encyclopedic knowledge of Formula 1, and so will be able to answer any questions you may have. Amazon Echo: What can Alexa do and what services are compatible? The built-in functionality... Read more

Anker made a cheaper version of Amazon's Echo Dot with Alexa

Anker made a cheaper version of Amazon's Echo Dot with Alexa

By Elyse Betters

Anker just made its own version of the Echo Dot.The $50 Echo Dot is an interesting device. It is basically an Amazon Echo, minus the loud stereo speaker. The primary purpose of it is to make your dumb speaker smart. You can connect Echo Dot to a stereo... Read more

KitSound Voice One gives Alexa the audio oomph she needs

KitSound Voice One gives Alexa the audio oomph she needs

By Max Langridge

British audio company KitSound has announced the KS Voice One, a speaker made in collaboration with Amazon, that pairs Alexa with a robust audio system than the Echo offers. Amazon Echo review: It's all about Alexa The KS Voice One functions just the... Read more

Now you can order Domino's pizza through Amazon Echo using Alexa

Now you can order Domino's pizza through Amazon Echo using Alexa

By Rik Henderson

Domino's is the first pizza take away service to offer voice ordering using Alexa through the Amazon Echo and other supported devices.You can use a new Domino's Alexa Skill to order pizza by commanding an Echo, Echo Dot, even the latest Amazon Fire... Read more

Amazon's voice-ordering Dash Wand is now almost free for Prime users

Amazon's voice-ordering Dash Wand is now almost free for Prime users

By Elyse Betters

If you live in the US and subscribe to Amazon Prime, you can now get the Dash Wand for free (or almost free, anyway).Amazon in 2014 unveiled a Wi-Fi wand with a built-in microphone and barcode scanner. Called Dash, it looked like a Nintendo Wii remote,... Read more

Amazon Alexa calling: How to block calls and messages to your Echo

Amazon Alexa calling: How to block calls and messages to your Echo

By Elyse Betters

Amazon has catered to the privacy-conscious by adding a new blocking feature to its Alexa calling service.Amazon Alexa calling, introduced by Amazon in May, was criticised by some for not giving users a way to block calls and messages. In other words,... Read more

Use your Amazon Echo and Alexa to follow the UK General Election

Use your Amazon Echo and Alexa to follow the UK General Election

By Rik Henderson

It's the UK General Election today, with millions voting on the future leaders of the country throughout Thursday 8 June, with results expected to start to come in soon after midnight tonight.TV stations will undoubtedly cover the proceedings all day... Read more

Amazon Echo gets cool new features, check out what Alexa can do now

Amazon Echo gets cool new features, check out what Alexa can do now

By Rik Henderson

Amazon has introduced a couple of major new features to Alexa, to be used through compatible devices such as the Amazon Echo.There are two main features added: Reminders and Named Timers, with the former available in the US, UK and Germany. Currently,... Read more