Amazon first announced its cute new Echo Dot Kids smart speakers late last year with these devices coming in two fun designs including a Panda and Tiger. Now, after months of waiting, the online retail giant is finally launching them in the UK with customers able to pop one in their online shopping basket from next month.
Along with the design being made to feel more appealing to the smaller members of the house, these new devices also arrive with plenty of features to make them fun and safe to use.
Straight out of the box, users will find Amazon Kids comes pre-installed on the Dot and includes features such as “Magic Word” which allows the Alexa smart assistant to know when a child has said please and respond with a positive message about being polite.
There’s also full parental controls that can turn off the device at certain times of the day and block content, such as explicit lyrics, which may be unsuitable for children.
Along with the Amazon Kids, the new speakers also come with a year of free Amazon Kids+.
This brings a bunch of extra features to the device including over 170 audiobooks, ad-free kids music stations, games and alarms that include characters such as Ben 10, Dorothy and the Scarecrow from Lost in Oz.
It’s worth noting that if you already own an Echo you can add both Amazon Kids (free) or Amazon Kids+ which costs £1.99 per month for Prime members or £3.99 for everyone else.
One final thing to note about the new Echo Kids speaker is that it comes with Amazon’s two-year guarantee. That basically means if your children break it, Amazon will replace it free of charge.
“We’re excited to bring Echo Dot Kids to the UK for kids to have fun and learn with Alexa,” said Eric Saarnio, Vice President, Amazon Devices EU. “More than 20 million kids and parents around the world already enjoy Amazon Kids. With Echo Dot Kids, Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids+ on Alexa, parents can have peace of mind knowing their children are getting family-focused age-appropriate content such as listening to Audible books, asking questions, using premium Alexa skills, enjoying the Magic Word feature, and more — all in a child-safe and secure environment.”
Echo Dot Kids is priced at £59.99 and begins shipping on July 21st. Pre-order Echo Dot Kids starting today at www.amazon.co.uk/echo-dot-kids. Echo Dot Kids will also be available online from Currys PC World, John Lewis and Very.co.uk.
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