Amazon’s Echo speaker has steadily grown in usefulness since its introduction, gaining the power to do things like order up an Uber car, check with Automatic to see if your car needs gas, and even order you a pizza from Dominos. Now the Amazon Tap Speaker is ready to give you all that power on the go. As the name suggests, you need to tap the microphone button to use it’s Alexa-based interface, most likely to preserve battery life — you get a healthy nine hours of playback per charge, and it comes with a wireless charging base. Like the Echo, it’s only going to get smarter over time, but you can still use it as a “dumb” Bluetooth speaker, and once you have your Tap, you can use it to buy the new hockey puck-like Dot and give these same voice superpowers to the dusty old speakers you already have.
Nov 21, 2018