Amazon Echo: Cheat sheet – TechRepublic


Amazon’s smart speaker dominance may be facing a challenge from Google, but the Echo line is still on top. Find out all you need to know about Amazon Echo IoT devices.

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Amazon’s Echo smart speaker was a game changer when it launched in 2015. Since then it has continued to lead the Internet of Things (IoT) hub market in spite of increased competition from Google. The entire family of Amazon Echo products can be found in homes, offices, businesses, and several internet-connected mobile devices that allow Alexa, its onboard digital assistant, to reach the web.

The Amazon Echo is designed for the smart home, but there’s no reason it can’t be used in a smart office as well. If you’ve been seeking a hub for an IoT-connected office, it’s well worth your time to investigate one of the many Amazon Echo products available to see if one is a good fit, and TechRepublic has all the information you need right here. This Amazon Echo cheat sheet will be updated periodically as new software is released and new hardware is developed.

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Executive summary

  • What is Amazon Echo? Amazon Echo is a line of internet-connected smart speakers and mobile accessories that come with Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant. It is able to serve as an IoT hub, a music player, an internet search engine, and anything else that an Alexa Skill enables it to do.

  • Why does Amazon Echo matter? Amazon Echo is, so far, the leading smart speaker on the market. Google Home is a close second, but Amazon’s two-year head start has made Echo and Alexa the platform to beat. Anyone interested in smart home technology will likely be making a choice between one of those platforms.

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