Amazon launches new Alexa experiences for kids and parents

Posted April 26, 2018

The Echo Dot Kids Edition comes with a two year warranty, a protective rubber case (available in red, blue, and green), and a year's subscription to the kid-friendly the FreeTime Unlimited service.

Showing the importance of the Indian market, Amazon launched its smart speaker range in India in October a year ago.

The Echo Spot is a cross between speaker and smart alarm clock, round and sphere-like and with a screen. Weighing 419g, it is lighter than the Amazon Echo and Echo Plug and doesn't include dual speakers. The hardware and the service will both start shipping on May 9th, 2018. Alexa will still respond, without the positive reinforcement, if someone doesn't say please. Like the regular Echo Dot, the colorful models are hands-free, voice-controlled speakers that tap into Alexa. The company has also rolled out special offers on other Echo products as part of the Spot promotion.

All of those features with FreeTime for Alexa will be available for free for Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus users through an over-the-air update that's coming on May 9. The device also has an acoustic beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation support.

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Thousands of skills from Alexa India store are now available for the Echo Spot.

FreeTime has been around for the Echo for a while now, offering parents the facility to set various restrictions for their child's echo, including the all-important option to turn off voice purchases and hide inappropriate skills. Purchase products immediately or add items easily to your shopping list or your shopping cart.

Not much is known about the device at the moment, save for the image that AFTVNews obtained, which as the name already implied is a cube-shaped Fire TV device.

Other features include a front-facing camera, allowing users to make video calls, a built-in speaker, Bluetooth connectivity and an audio-out 3.5mm stereo cable port. It can also be used to read questions and answers given by Alexa. Moreover, the speaker delivers news and information including music from Amazon Prime Music, Saavn, and TuneIn. There is also a multi-room music feature that helps synchronise music across multiple Echo devices.

Echo Spot: Rs.12,999 is now Rs. 10,499.