Latest Amazon smart home news

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

Updated All the features and functions that come with having more than one Echo... Read more

How to create an Alexa Home Theatre system with your Echo and Fire TV
How to create an Alexa Home Theatre system with your Echo and Fire TV By Maggie Tillman

Amazon lets you sync up Echo speakers so that they can play tunes in unison, and it lets you use an Echo speaker to control a Fire TV. Now, you can link up an Echo speaker and a Fire TV for simultaneous wireless audio output - aka to achieve a home theatre experience.... Read more

What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do?
What is Alexa and what can Amazon Echo do? By Britta O'Boyle

Updated The Amazon Echo is one of a range of hands-free speakers and devices from Amazon that can be controlled with your voice. The voice-controlled "personal... Read more

Amazon announces Black Friday 2019 deals event
Amazon announces Black Friday 2019 deals event By Dan Grabham

Amazon has confirmed dates for its upcoming Black Friday Sale: the deals will start rolling in on 22 November... Read more

Amazon Alexa looks to benefit from our growing urge to reduce screen time
Amazon Alexa looks to benefit from our growing urge to reduce screen time By Stuart Miles

Hopes move will allow Alexa to become the de facto personal voice assistant and win out against Google Assistant and Apple's Siri.... Read more

Eero's new mesh Wi-Fi packs are now available in the UK
Eero's new mesh Wi-Fi packs are now available in the UK By Dan Grabham

Eero’s mesh WiFi systems, including eero and eero Pro, are now available in the UK for the first time since Eero's acquisition by Amazon. The Eero... Read more

Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99 cents with a Music Unlimited Plan
Get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99 cents with a Music Unlimited Plan By Rik Henderson

You can get an Amazon Echo Dot for just 99 cents if you sign up to an Amazon Music Unlimited plan today.... Read more

Hola, Alexa: You can now switch between languages when using Alexa
Hola, Alexa: You can now switch between languages when using Alexa By Maggie Tillman

Amazon recently announced a multilingual mode for its Alexa devices in the US, Canada, and India. Now, that feature is rolling out.... Read more

What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work?
What is Amazon Alexa calling and messaging and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Not only can you place a call using the feature, but you can also leave a voice message or send a text-based message.... Read more

What are Amazon Day One Edition devices and when can you try them?
What are Amazon Day One Edition devices and when can you try them? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon already has a couple so-called Day One Edition devices in testing. Here's everything you need to know about them, including when you can try them yourself.... Read more

What is Amazon Sidewalk, which devices use it, and how does it work?
What is Amazon Sidewalk, which devices use it, and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Amazon recently unveiled a slew of devices at its now-annual autumn hardware event, but buried among those product launches was a new technology protocol that the company briefly mentioned. Called Sidewalk, it's designed to connect smart devices in and around your house.... Read more

Jeff Bezos appears at Amazon launch - hails Echo Studio's prowess, says we need facial recognition regulation
Jeff Bezos appears at Amazon launch - hails Echo Studio's prowess, says we need facial recognition regulation By Dan Grabham

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos got up on stage during the aftermath of Amazon's lengthy product launch today to hail the work of Amazon's team in developing the new Echo Studio.... Read more

Amazon event 2019: Echo Studio, Echo Buds, Echo Flex, Echo Glow, Day 1 Editions, and more
Amazon event 2019: Echo Studio, Echo Buds, Echo Flex, Echo Glow, Day 1 Editions, and more By Stuart Miles

Here is everything the company announced in one handy place... Read more

Amazon's new Alexa Smart Oven also works as an air fryer and microwave
Amazon's new Alexa Smart Oven also works as an air fryer and microwave By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is one-upping its own Alexa-enabled microwave from last year, by introducing a smart oven that doubles as a microwave. It even works as an air fryer.... Read more

Amazon shows off Echo Loop smart ring and Echo Frames smart glasses
Amazon shows off Echo Loop smart ring and Echo Frames smart glasses By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is adding smart glasses and smart rings to its ever-growing list of Echo-branded devices.... Read more

Amazon's new Echo Flex is a speaker wall plug with Alexa, pre-order now
Amazon's new Echo Flex is a speaker wall plug with Alexa, pre-order now By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has announced an Alexa-equipped wall plug, called Echo Flex, and it's available for pre-order in different versions for both the US and the UK.... Read more

Amazon announces its first Eero mesh network system
Amazon announces its first Eero mesh network system By Rik Henderson

Amazon has announced the first mesh network Wi-Fi system to be released after its acquisition of specialist brand Eero.... Read more

Amazon Echo Glow is a smart light for kids, to fill rooms with colour
Amazon Echo Glow is a smart light for kids, to fill rooms with colour By Chris Hall

Amazon loves to add to the Echo ecosystem and has released a number of devices for kids in the past. The Amazon Echo Glow is exactly that - a smart light... Read more

Alexa will now let you auto-delete your recordings, also detects when you're frustrated with her
Alexa will now let you auto-delete your recordings, also detects when you're frustrated with her By Dan Grabham

You can now choose to auto-delete your Alexa recordings after 3 or 18 months. Amazon is announcing a bunch of stuff at its devices and services event... Read more

Amazon's new Echo Show 8 brings an 8-inch HD screen, pre-order now
Amazon's new Echo Show 8 brings an 8-inch HD screen, pre-order now By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has announced a new version of the Echo Show called Echo Show 8. It follows the Echo Show 5 from last year.... Read more

New Amazon Echo gets boosted sound and design from the Echo Plus
New Amazon Echo gets boosted sound and design from the Echo Plus By Chris Hall

Amazon has announced a new version of its popular Echo speaker moving to the third generation and shifting the design to look more like the 2018 Echo Plus.The... Read more

Amazon Echo Studio promises higher quality sound for $199
Amazon Echo Studio promises higher quality sound for $199 By Britta O'Boyle

Amazon has announced a number of new Echo devices at its September event, including the Echo Studio, an all-new Echo, an Echo Dot with a clock and an... Read more

Amazon's new Echo Dot comes with a built-in LED clock face, pre-order now
Amazon's new Echo Dot comes with a built-in LED clock face, pre-order now By Maggie Tillman

Amazon is live in Seattle, where it is announcing new hardware, including something called "Echo Dot with clock".... Read more

Amazon wants more devices that support multiple voice assistants
Amazon wants more devices that support multiple voice assistants By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has announced a new Voice Interoperability Initiative, with the goal of allowing people to access multiple voice services - from Amazon Alexa to Microsoft Cortana - on a single device. More than 30 companies have joined the effort, including Spotify, Sonos, Salesforce, Microsoft, Harman, Ecobee, Bose, BMW.... Read more

'Alexa, what am I holding?' How Alexa's new Show and Tell feature works
'Alexa, what am I holding?' How Alexa's new Show and Tell feature works By Maggie Tillman

Alexa just became a lot more useful for people who are visually impaired, thanks to a new feature called Show and Tell. Here's how it works.... Read more

Amazon might show off fitness-tracking earbuds and new Echo at hardware event
Amazon might show off fitness-tracking earbuds and new Echo at hardware event By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has a hardware event set for 26 September, roughly one year after it held a similar hardware event to announce several new devices, ranging from an Alexa-enabled microwave to a wall clock. This year, we're expecting even more Alexa devices to be announced.... Read more

How to use Alexa to make a US political campaign donation
How to use Alexa to make a US political campaign donation By Maggie Tillman

The idea is you’ll be able to make campaign donations to 2020 presidential candidates through your Amazon Alexa-enabled devices, as long as the candidate is eligible and chooses to sign up for Alexa donations. Here's how the feature works.... Read more

What is Alexa Answers, how to join, and how does it work?
What is Alexa Answers, how to join, and how does it work? By Maggie Tillman

Congratulations, you’re the newest source for Alexa to draw upon when answering users' questions.... Read more

Amazon is launching new Echo devices later this month
Amazon is launching new Echo devices later this month By Dan Grabham

Amazon is holding a "devices and services" event at its HQ in Seattle on 25 September.It's a fair bet that we'll be getting at least some new Echo devices... Read more

Amazon intros Amazon Showroom - a virtual room where you can see potential homeware purchases
Amazon intros Amazon Showroom - a virtual room where you can see potential homeware purchases By Dan Grabham

We've already seen some instances of this type of thing before, of course. Ikea Place is probably our favourite, again enabling you to see the Swedish... Read more

Time's running out to get a brand new Amazon Echo Show 5 for £69.99
Time's running out to get a brand new Amazon Echo Show 5 for £69.99 By Rik Henderson

Amazon is slashing prices on its own devices in the end of summer sales, including the new Amazon Echo Show 5... Read more

How to change the speed of Alexa's voice on your Amazon Echo
How to change the speed of Alexa's voice on your Amazon Echo By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has given Alexa users a new feature: The ability to change how fast it talks.... Read more

The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is now available to buy in the UK
The Amazon Echo Wall Clock is now available to buy in the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has finally put its £30 Echo Wall Clock on sale in the UK.... Read more

Amazon is letting you stop humans reviewing your Alexa commands
Amazon is letting you stop humans reviewing your Alexa commands By Dan Grabham

Amazon is now enabling you to prevent human review of your Alexa voice commands should you wish. The feature is enabled through an option in the settings... Read more

Amazon is teaching Alexa to help her answer more complex questions
Amazon is teaching Alexa to help her answer more complex questions By Adrian Willings

Amazon is working on a new training method to help improve Alexa's ability to answer more complex questions and solve your queries more usefully.... Read more

How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing
How to turn on Alexa's Song ID feature so you'll always know what song is playing By Maggie Tillman

Once you’ve enabled it, Alexa will announce the artist and name of every song before it plays.... Read more

How to use Alexa to find your misplaced or lost phone (the easy way)
How to use Alexa to find your misplaced or lost phone (the easy way) By Maggie Tillman

It's super common to misplace your phone at home. We all do it. It can fall between the couch cushions, get lost in the bedsheets, be left in some random room, or even forgotten in the car in your garage.... Read more

Amazon brings the Blink XT2 security cam to the UK
Amazon brings the Blink XT2 security cam to the UK By Dan Grabham

Amazon has finally announced the Blink XT2 security camera for the UK -  it's available now from the etailer and will be available from Argos in the coming... Read more

How to set-up an Alexa smart home
How to set-up an Alexa smart home By Chris Hall

A few years ago, the coordinated smart home felt like a pipe dream, but Alexa has changed all that... Read more

Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon
Amazon might actually launch a wheeled home robot and high-end Echo soon By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has been quietly tinkering away on two new Alexa-enabled devices: A wheeled home robot, and a high-end Echo speaker.... Read more

Amazon's UK head of Alexa and devices: We take privacy very seriously
Amazon's UK head of Alexa and devices: We take privacy very seriously By Dan Grabham

Amazon released its Echo Show 5 last week and we had the opportunity to meet with Dennis Stansbury, Amazon’s UK head of Alexa experience and devices.... Read more

Amazon intros the more compact Echo Show 5 to sit above the Echo Spot
Amazon intros the more compact Echo Show 5 to sit above the Echo Spot By Dan Grabham

Amazon has introduced a more compact 5.5-inch version of the Echo Show - named the Echo Show 5.... Read more

Alexa Guard explained: How it works and how to get it for your Echo device
Alexa Guard explained: How it works and how to get it for your Echo device By Maggie Tillman

You could pay hundreds and perhaps thousands for a smart home security system. Or you could just use the Echo device you already own.... Read more

Amazon surprises us all with Blink XT2 that's cheaper than its first outdoor cam
Amazon surprises us all with Blink XT2 that's cheaper than its first outdoor cam By Maggie Tillman

Amazon has quietly announced a new smart camera under a brand it acquired a couple years ago.... Read more

Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings
Alexa is always listening: How to delete your Alexa voice recordings By Chris Hall

If you're worried about your privacy or want to remove a recorded conversation, we have all the details... Read more

Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to have multibillion-dollar failures to succeed
Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to have multibillion-dollar failures to succeed By Dan Grabham

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says that Amazon needs to "occasionally have multibillion-dollar failures" so that the company is "experimenting at the right... Read more

Sometimes, people at Amazon listen to what you tell Alexa
Sometimes, people at Amazon listen to what you tell Alexa By Dan Grabham

A team of actual living people listen to selected Alexa commands as part of a process intended to help Amazon learn more about what people are asking... Read more

Apple Music comes to Echo devices in the UK and Ireland
Apple Music comes to Echo devices in the UK and Ireland By Dan Grabham

Amazon has told us that Apple Music integration has been enabled on UK-based Echo devices from today.... Read more

Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering
Amazon stops selling physical Dash buttons because of Alexa shopping and auto-ordering By Dan Grabham

Amazon has stopped sales of its physical Dash buttons, saying that the convenience of them has largely been replaced by new ways to shop.... Read more

Alexa Skill Blueprints: How to easily create and publish custom Alexa skills
Alexa Skill Blueprints: How to easily create and publish custom Alexa skills By Maggie Tillman

Thanks to the Alexa Skill Blueprints initiative, you can make and publish your own custom skills - and you don't need to be an app developer to do so.... Read more

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