Amazon Echo Dot for shopping and soccer

echo-dot-topAmazon is now shipping their Echo Dot to UK customers for the first time. Great news for football fans as it can keep you updated with all the latest scores.

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that is powered by Alexa. This kit uses the same far-field voice recognition as Amazon Echo.

Connect Echo Dot to external speakers to enable voice control of your home entertainment system, or use it on its own to talk to Alexa. Additionally, Amazon announced new skills for Alexa in the UK, including shopping, ESP (Echo Spatial Perception), expanded sports information, and more.

Jorrit Van der Meulen, VP, Amazon Devices EU said:

Now you can order your favourite items using just your voice, get additional sports information, and much more. Customers are loving Alexa and Echo, and with shopping, ESP, and more features to come it’s only going to get better.”

All-New Amazon Echo Dot

Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device, powered by Alexa, and uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Connect Echo Dot to speakers with a 3.5mm audio cable or via Bluetooth, and add voice-control to your home stereo system. With its small built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock; in the kitchen to easily set timers or ask for measurement conversions; or in any room as a voice assistant to control lights and smart home devices.

echo-dot-musicAmazon Echo Dot has a sleek and compact design, and is available in either black or white. It is designed to disappear into any room in a house. With the same array of seven microphones found in Amazon Echo, Echo Dot uses beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation to detect the wake word, Alexa, from across the room. The devices features a more powerful speech processor to deliver improved far-field speech recognition accuracy.

Echo Dot – Alexa voice shopping

Prime members using Echo or Echo Dot can now just say “order dog food” or “buy some LEGO” and Alexa will find a product that ships with Prime and apply available discounts. Just say “Yes” to buy it. You can complete the entire shopping transaction using just your voice in a conversation with Alexa. No need to open an app, look at a screen, or tap a button. Customers can also check the status of existing orders simply by saying “Alexa, where’s my stuff?”

ESP: Echo or Echo Dot in every room

If you have multiple Echo devices within hearing distance, the new ESP (Echo Spatial Perception) tech intelligently calculates the clarity of your voice. This then determines which Echo is closest and should respond to the request—instantly.

echo-dotThis feature is smart so performance improves over time. This feature is now available on both Echo and Echo Dot. Echos already out in the wild will get a software update.

Manage To Do Lists, get Champions League scores and more

The Alexa Skills Kit recently added a new List Skill API. This means it can now integrate Todoist and lists with Alexa. This means you can add items to your Alexa Shopping or To Do List. Set the default list provider in your Alexa app, and then say “Alexa, add laundry detergent to my shopping list” and it’ll add it to your preferred list service. More list services are coming soon.

Football fans can also ask Alexa for the latest from the the UEFA Champions League. Scores for Europe’s premier club competition are now available on demand, with more local sports to come soon.

Amazon Echo Dot price and availability

The all-new Echo Dot is available for just £49.99 from It is also available in a 6-pack (buy 5, get 1 free), and in a 12-pack (buy 10, get 2 free).

Amazon Echo is available for just £149.99 from

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are also available at Argos, Currys, John Lewis, PC World, and Tesco.