According to the Chinese zodiac, 2017 was Year of the Rooster – but we’re inclined to suggest it’s also been the year of the smart speaker.
Amazon’s aim to put Alexa into pretty much everything has come home to roost this year, in the shape of any number of voice-controlled speakers.
With products featuring Google Assistant and Cortana (Microsoft) already available, and Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod on the way, it’s fair to say you may well be talking to your next wireless speaker.
It’s only natural Amazon itself has reinvigorated its Echo range. There are four new Echo devices on their way in the UK, each promising better sound and upgraded features.
There’s the Echo Plus (£150/$198), which focuses on increased smart home connectivity and better sound, Echo Show (£200/$264) features a video screen, and the Echo Spot (£TBC) is a voice-controlled bedside clock complete with video calling.
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