Amazon has a long-standing history of kinda being in Ireland. We depend on Amazon.co.uk for our online shopping needs, using services like Parcel Motel to fill in the gaps. One of Amazon’s latest innovations is the Echo and its little brother, the Echo Dot. We look at what it is, how you can get the Echo Dot in Ireland and some tips to get you started.
What is the Echo and the Echo Dot?
The Amazon Echo is a voice controlled smart hub for your home. It’s about the size of a Pringles can. Powered by Amazon’s voice service, Alexa, you speak commands to control smart devices and services. My own personal favourite is Spotify, as the Echo also has built in speakers. Once you sit down to dinner, just say “Alexa, play dinner music in Spotify”, and she’ll look after the rest.
The Echo Dot is a smaller, cheaper device with all of the functionality of its bigger sister. The Echo Dot also has a speaker built-in and while it’s not as good as the Echo, it’s great in a small space. Weighing in at €175 for the Echo and €60 for the Echo Dot, the Echo Dot packs more than enough punch to get you started.
Will the Echo Dot work in Ireland?
We recently just got our paws on the Echo Dot and got it working really quickly. However, there are a few important things to note:
The Echo Dot depends on Android and iOS apps
As Amazon don’t officially support the Irish market, you’ll need some workarounds to get your Echo Dot up and running.
Alexa’s iOS app
Alexa’s Android app
If you go looking for the Alexa Android app in the Google Play Store, you’ll also be told that it’s unavailable in Ireland. Bypassing this problem is a little easier on Android. All you need to do is download the Alexa APK file for the app and allow installation from unknown sources. After that, the app will run perfectly.
What Irish services are available for Amazon’s Echo?
We’ll admit, the Irish content on the Echo is in it’s earliest form. RTÉ are the best-known service on there. There’s also an unofficial Dublin Bus app which is a very interesting concept. There are also loads of services that will work in Ireland, like Spotify and Fitbit. Down the line, we’re also likely to get the likes of Just Eat and Uber.
Keep a close eye for our own Alexa Flash News Brief app which should be available in the new few weeks.
Where can you buy the Amazon Echo Dot in Ireland?
Amazon.co.uk is the best place to pick up the Echo Dot. You’ll need to use a service like Parcel Motel to get a virtual UK address, but other than that it’s straightforward. Buying Amazon products directly from Amazon ensures you’ll also get the best customer care should something go wrong.
If you’re looking for an official retailer to buy the Echo Dot in Ireland from, Littlewoods Ireland is probably the best spot. They are shipping the Echo Dot for €60.
Bonus: Testing our app on the Amazon Echo Dot
We recently tested out our tech news app out with the Amazon Echo Dot: