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They are sold in pairs, you can hook two pairs (four Echo Buttons) to a single Alexa and then you can buzz in to play games such as Trivial Pursuit Tap by Hasbro - a hugely popular board game.

Amazon found great success with its Echo Dot, which was a smaller, cheaper alternative to the full-size Echo speaker - effectively an Echo with a less powerful speaker.

Meanwhile, with Alexa support you can ask questions, set alarms, shop, play music, podcasts and audiobooks, and control every compatible device in your smart home just by using your voice. "Adding a screen gives a whole new dimension to using an Echo device". With Amazon leading the pack with its Echo range of voice assisted devices, the segment appears to be gaining traction and all major tech companies want to have a share of the pie.

"Echo Spot is created to fit anywhere in your home".

Analysts revealed that although just two per cent of Brits have made online purchases using a voice-controlled digital assistant platform of some kind, this trend could triple its popularity over the next 12 months and change e-commerce for good.

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And, it won't surprise you to hear that the Spot has the same far-field quadruple microphone array as its other Echo-powered siblings. For the time being, I'd say you'll need to hook it up to a better, external speaker via the 3.5mm audio port on the rear instead. For the assistant, Amazon created Alexa and she had an fantastic year. If you're buying this as a video device, the Echo Show is likely the best choice.

So does this mean Cortana should be looking over her shoulder, looking for the proverbial axe? Alternatively, users can directly ask Alexa by saying "Alexa, enable " to enable it.

Wood said: "Amazon has got some real momentum at the moment". The device is similar to its sibling called the Echo Dot, this is the lighter version of the Echo Show and, like the show, it has a screen, except here it's squeezed into a bedside alarm clock-style form factor. He said: "Amazon might have a leading position in the U.S., but in Europe it is still all to play for". In proportion to the availability of new skill sets, the sales of Amazon Echo have rocketed that in turn prompted Amazon to come up with a mini version previous year, Amazon Echo Dot, to reach a wider audience.

Hardware makers' varying strategies and decisions, described in interviews with Reuters at this week's consumer electronics industry's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference in Las Vegas, reflect differing strengths of Google, Amazon and peers.

Stanton said that getting their foot into the door of new households was key.

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