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Amazon Expands Alexa Family

Amazon Expands Alexa Family
On Thursday, Amazon announced two new Alexa-enabled devices: the Echo Dot and Amazon Tap.

Amazon's home speaker, Echo, got some new siblings this week with the $129.99 Amazon Tap Bluetooth speaker which looks like a handheld Echo. "Amazon Tap is an Alexa-enabled portable Bluetooth and WiFi speaker that offers rich, full-range sound," explained Amazon. The Bluetooth speaker features dual stereo speakers with Dolby processing and 360-degree omni-directional audio and has an available Sling cover to protect against bumps and drops. The Amazon Tap provides up to 9 hours of playback and comes with a Charging Cradle. Alexa will warn users when the speaker's battery is low by saying, "Just so you know, the battery is currently low." The Amazon Tap will be released on March 31, 2016 and is available for pre-order now.

Alongside the Tap speaker, Amazon unveiled the Echo Dot. Unlike the Echo and Amazon Tap speakers, the Echo Dot is not designed to be your default speaker for music, but instead it can connect to other speakers around your home via an audio cable or Bluetooth, adding Alexa-powered voice-control to your existing devices. Like its larger siblings, the Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even if music is playing on another speaker, and has full support for Alexa Voice Service, including smart home control. The Echo Dot is available now for $89.99, exclusively from Alexa-powered devices. Both the Amazon Tap and Echo Dot work with the Alexa App on Fire OS, Android, iOS, and desktop browsers.

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