Amazon has unveiled additional ways for Australians to access Alexa with the launch of two new Echo products for the home and car. The line-up includes the all-new Echo Pop, a compact smart speaker available in four colour options to suit any home aesthetic, including two brand new colours, and the Echo Auto, a flexible mounted device, offering Alexa smart features to any car, and also available in New Zealand.
These new Echo devices pack even more value into their compact form factors and offer customers even more choice in how they access Alexa. There have now been well over half a billion Alexa-enabled devices sold globally, and customers are using Alexa more than ever. Engagement with Alexa increased more than 35% in 2022.
The all-new Echo Pop (AU$79 RRP)
Echo Pop is a new addition to the Echo family with a compact semi-sphere form factor offering a quality audio experience in all-new Lavender Bloom and Midnight Teal colour options, as well as in Charcoal and Glacier White, at an affordable AU$79. It features a front-facing directional speaker to deliver full sound that’s great for bedrooms, apartments, or any small space in the home. Simply ask Alexa to play your favourite music or radio station, read audiobooks, remind you of your daily calendar, control compatible smart lights and plugs, or reorder household essentials. Echo Pop comes in four colours so customers can find a colour that fits their style, find a spot that fits their small space, and play a track that hits just right, totally hands-free with Alexa.
To match your space and style, the Echo Pop also launches with a range of new accessory options including silicone sleeves in seven colour options to suit any aesthetic, including a glow-in-the-dark option to brighten any room, and a shelf wall mount to ensure the Echo Pop finds its perfect position. A selection of bases are also available, including a USB charging base to provide additional device charging ports, and a battery base, enabling the Echo Pop to be used in any location without the need for a power outlet.
The all-new Echo Auto (AU$99 RRP and NZ$119RRP)
Echo Auto (2nd Gen) is designed to enable Alexa hands-free features for cars that don’t have AI support built in. It comes in a new, slimmer design and includes a new adhesive mount for more placement flexibility in your car. The device is built with five microphones, designed to hear your requests over music, the air conditioner, and road noise. With Echo Auto (2nd Gen), add Alexa to your car to listen to music, make calls, Drop In on compatible Echo devices, binge new podcasts, catch up on the news, and add items to calendars or to-do lists – all while keeping your eyes fixed on the road. You can also control compatible smart home devices from the road; ask Alexa to turn off the lights or turn on the coffee machine, and more, while you’re away from home.