With the holiday season coming up, party games will begin to be played as well.
December 19th is the date for release.
Echo buttons connect to Echo speakers through Bluetooth wireless technology and they are battery powered, but they're not rechargeable and instead require the use of AAA batteries, two to be exact.
Amazon is also drumming up support for its Vimeo and Dailymotion channels. More video sources will be added over time. The idea of the Echo Buttons seems to convince consumers to engage with each other through lighthearted competitive games, tasking the player with tapping their button first to answer first, which if successful would reward them with the chance to answer correctly before anyone else and gain points.
When YouTube pulled the plugged on Amazon's Echo Show two months ago, many Echo Show customers felt cheated. This is a new way by Amazon to bring YouTube back on the Echo Show. Rather having its own custom interface atop YouTube, Amazon has implemented the video streaming service in the same way Google does on your desktop. Google quoted service infringement as the reason behind its drastic step.
The original look was probably better suited to a device that's created to be used primarily via voice, but the new one feels more like the YouTube people know and love, so it's a bit of a mixed bag.
Who's it for: Sonos users who want to integrate Alexa.