Amazon Echo: An insider’s guide (free PDF)

Provided by: TechRepublic
Topic: Amazon
Format: PDF
Amazon's smart speaker dominance is being challenged by Google, but the Echo line is still on top. This updated ebook covers the details you need to know about Amazon Echo IoT devices.

From the ebook:

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

The Echo may seem like it’s 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 Echo products available to see if one is a good fit, and TechRepublic has all the information you need right here.

What is Amazon Echo? Amazon Echo is an internet-connected smart speaker that comes with Alexa, Amazon’s digital assistant. It can serve as an IoT hub, a music player, an internet search engine, and anything else a Skill enables it to do.

Who does Amazon Echo affect? Echo affects anyone who wants to turn their home or business into a smart IoT-connected one. Echo can serve as a hub for a variety of IoT devices; newer Echo units with screens also make simple video calling a reality for businesses and consumers.

How has the Amazon Echo line changed since launch? The Amazon Echo was released to the public in June 2015, with the Dot and Tap being released in September and March 2016, respectively. Amazon revamped the Echo line with a new version of the Echo in September 2017, along with these new products: the smart home-centered Echo Plus, the tiny Echo Spot, and the Echo Connect, which allows you to connect Alexa to a telephone landline. In September 2018 Amazon made major changes to the Echo line again, releasing multiple new products with new functions and form factors.

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