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 a tiger. Now, after months of waiting, the online retail giant is finally launching them in the UK, with customers being able to add one to their online shopping cart starting next month.
Along with the design that is more appealing to the smaller members of the house, these new devices also offer many features that are fun and safe to use.
Right out of the box, users will find that Amazon Kids is pre-installed on the Dot and includes features like “Magic Word” that allow the Alexa intelligent assistant to know when a child is saying please and respond with a positive message that it’s polite.
There is also full parental controls that can turn off the device at certain times of the day and block content such as explicit texts that may be unsuitable for children to use.
Together with the Amazon Kids, the new speakers also receive one year of free Amazon Kids +.
This brings a number of additional features to the device, including over 170 audiobooks, ad-free kids music channels, games, and alarms that include characters like 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) and Amazon Kids +, which costs £ 1.99 per month for Prime members or £ 3.99 for everyone else.
One final note about the new Echo Kids speaker is Amazon’s two-year warranty. That basically means if your kids break it, Amazon will replace it for free.
“We’re excited to bring Echo Dot Kids to the UK so kids can have fun and learn with Alexa,” said Eric Saarnio, Vice President, Amazon Devices EU. “More than 20 million children and parents around the world are already enjoying Amazon Kids. With Echo Dot Kids, Amazon Kids and Amazon Kids + on Alexa, parents can rest assured that their children are receiving age-appropriate content for the family, such as: B. Listen to Audible books, ask questions, use world-class Alexa skills, enjoy the magic word and more – all in a child-safe and safe environment. “
Echo Dot Kids costs £ 59.99 and will start shipping 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.