Amazon appears to be readying a cheaper version of its popular Echo Dot speaker, if a tweet that showed up briefly on the company's Twitter account this morning is anything to go by.

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The voice-controlled smart speaker that houses Amazon's personal assistant Alexa was announced back in March, costing $89.99, and is a smaller, palm-sized expansion to the company's flagship Echo product that lets users expand the capabilities of the latter device to different rooms of their house.

Now it seems Amazon is almost set to offer a cheaper "all-new" version of the Dot at $49.99. The tweet, which was quickly deleted from the company's Twitter account but picked up by some users, linked to Amazon's existing page for the Echo Dot, which is currently sold out.


Recode queried the deleted tweet with Amazon spokespeople but they declined to comment, suggesting the pre-emptive tweet was a genuine accident.

It's not the first social media announcement blunder we've seen this month. Last week, during Apple's "See You on the 7th" event in San Francisco, Apple's re-animated Twitter account began posting video clips of the new iPhone 7 complete with pre-order links before the phone had even been mentioned on stage. Amazon was also guilty of briefly taking its iPhone 7 accessories landing page live before the event had started.

Top Rated Comments

vmachiel Avatar
66 months ago
That's cool, but I still don't want any always listening stuff in my house. Ever.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avieshek Avatar
66 months ago
New trend, post a tweet, delete.

-Brought to you by, iPhone 7 tweet from Apple event.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RedTomato Avatar
66 months ago
Every device with a microphone and connected to the Internet is as capable as the echo of listening to you, always. So: throw away your phone and computer.
Do what we do, always talk in sign language.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
paulrbeers Avatar
66 months ago
I'm still having a really hard time understanding (from the user side) why in the world I would ever want something like this.

I can see a day where I'll talk to whatever Siri's hub to control things in my home....but why would I ever want to order something off Amazon sight unseen, or a pizza from a speaker? I just don't get it.
It isn't just for ordering stuff off Amazon, in fact I've only used my echo's once for that. I use it to control my lights (especially walking into my house with arms full of groceries), play music (even my 5 year old can ask the Echo to play her favorite song), order Uber (while getting ready to head out), turn on the tv (when I can't find the remote), etc. etc.....

I used to use my phone to do so many of these things, but when your hands are busy doing other things (or covered in food when making or cleaning up dinner) it is way better. We tried using Siri though an iPad for many of these things, but because the microphone really only worked in one direction (as opposed to 360 degrees like the echo) it wasn't a great user experience. This. Just. Works. And just about every DIY major home automation system out there works with Echo.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
spazzcat Avatar
66 months ago
That's cool, but I still don't want any always listening stuff in my house. Ever.
I have two they are prefect and the missing link to home automation.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NT1440 Avatar
66 months ago
I'm still having a really hard time understanding (from the user side) why in the world I would ever want something like this.

I can see a day where I'll talk to whatever Siri's hub to control things in my home....but why would I ever want to order something off Amazon sight unseen, or a pizza from a speaker? I just don't get it.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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