Amazon confirms the existence of a 'Fire TV Cube'

Further, a front-facing camera has been added too, meaning users can make video calls via the Echo Spot.

Unlike other Echo devices, including the 2nd Gen Echo, Echo Pro and Echo Dot, the Spot features a built-in display.

The Alexa powered device will come in handy when making video calls, listening to music and watching videos and is now available at Rs 10,499 after discount.

The new Fire TV is expected to respond to remote voice commands and receive notifications through the speaker, even when the TV is switched off.

FreeTime Unlimited does cost $3 a month after that year is up, but if you choose not to continue the Echo Dot Kids Edition will be rolled back to a basic service that differentiates it from regular Echo devices. The device looks a lot like a cube-shaped Amazon Echo speaker.

Shopping also gets a visual element wherein users can now see the products in a carousel format along with other product information like price and star ratings among others. They can then purchase products immediately or easily add items to their shopping list/cart. Parents can adjust time limits, filter out explicit content and review their kids' Alexa activity from the new parental dashboard.

The Spot also offers short form videos such as news briefings from providers like NDTV, Aaj Tak, Times Now and India Today. Weighing around 419g, the Echo supports Bluetooth and dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity. You can also ask Alexa to help you view videos and play movie trailers from Amazon Prime Video, Dailymotion and Vimeo. While this is a good indicator that India seems to have an appetite for smart speakers, it is interesting that this launch comes weeks after rival Google Home's launch. Now, Amazon is thinking of creating robots that can basically function as smart speakers but are considerably more mobile. Instead of a clock face, the device has a circular 480x480 pixel display that measures 2.5-inches in diameter.

Amazon has yet to provide any details about its next streaming device, other than confirm its existence.

While Amazon's Vesta robot project is still a new one, the demand for such technology in the home is not entirely fresh. Think of it as a Roomba that will give you a weather report (but won't clean your floor).

The smart speaker market in India is getting exciting. Hence, the company will be in tremendous competition with the other tech giants.

  • Arturo Norris