It looks like the tiniest Amazon Echo speaker will be back for the holidays — and cheaper to boot.
According to Recode, the Amazon Echo Twitter account announced the existence of an “all-new” Echo Dot, which would be available for $49.99, on Tuesday morning. The tweet was deleted soon after it was posted, but a handful of users caught the apparent blunder.
Amazon first unveiled the puck-sized Dot in March, and made it available for a brief period over the summer. It cost $90 then, but quickly sold out. A CNET report in July claimed Amazon would sell the device again for the holiday season, so any news of its return wouldn’t be much of a surprise. It looks like someone just got a little overeager with the tweet button here.
For the unfamiliar, the original Echo Dot was more or less a miniature version of
Amazon’s popular Bluetooth speaker. It sounded weaker as a result, but it let you talk to the company’s Alexa virtual assistant in
all the same ways. It also had the benefit of being able to hook up to other speakers, making those Alexa-compatible in the process. That kind of flexibility appears to have made it very popular at $90; taking off another $40 would only seem to help.
It could also be a boon to Amazon’s ongoing efforts to make Alexa available anywhere and everywhere. Aside from expanding its Echo lineup, the company announced last week that the Alexa assistant would come to its Fire tablets, and has allowed a growing number of third-party manufacturers to incorporate the popular software in their smart devices as well.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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