Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, MailOnline may earn an affiliate commission. There are still great savings to be had in the Amazon Spring Sale across home goods, beauty, electronics and fashion, and if you're looking to upgrade your smart home, we've found Amazon device deals you won't want to miss. Today the Echo Dot (4th generation) is half price, so you can score the number one bestselling smart speaker for just £24.99 (usually £49.99). This isn't the only Amazon Echo device on sale right now, as the retailer has slashed their hockey puck-shaped Echo Dot (3rd Gen) smart speaker price by 45 per cent to just £21.99.
They've bought millions of Alexa-powered devices. When you think about Alexa, you're probably thinking about the Echo, the tall, cylindrical monolith that first introduced Amazon's chatty assistant to the world. The Echo features prominently in Amazon's Alexa ads, and its basic structure has informed the design of every other so-called smart speaker on the market. The Echo Dot has been the best-selling Alexa device since its debut. It was Amazon's best-selling device, period, during the 2016 holiday season, and the company just announced that yesterday, the Echo Dot was also the most popular item on Prime Day.
If you have Amazon devices as part of your smart home, there's a new service on the block you should be aware of--and as usual, there are both potential benefits and potential privacy implications to think about as you consider whether you want to be a part of it. The technology in question is Amazon Sidewalk, which Amazon itself bills as "a new way to stay connected." Simply put, it uses Amazon smart-home gear to create a series of mini mesh networks, meaning your devices can stay connected further away from your router, and even stay online when your Wi-Fi goes down. This is made possible through Bluetooth and unused slices of the wireless spectrum, with Ring cameras and Echo speakers acting as the main bridges (actually called Sidewalk Bridges) to keep everything hooked up. For something to work with the network, it's going to need to be compatible with the Sidewalk standard.
Products featured in this Mail Best article are independently selected by our shopping writers. If you make a purchase using links on this page, MailOnline may earn an affiliate commission. Amazon has launched a massive sale with unmissable discounts on their bestselling Echo devices. Ahead of Amazon Prime Day, rumoured to be taking place July 18 for just 24 hours, shoppers can score a new Echo Dot smart speaker, Echo Show 8, Echo Flex and more and save up to 60 per cent off. Popular offers include the number one bestselling Echo Dot (4th Gen) on sale for £27.99 (was £49.99), and Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) is now 35 per cent off, so you can score the hockey puck-shaped smart speaker for just £25.99 (was £39.99).
Amazon has quietly introduced a new Smart Soap Dispenser that works with its Alexa voice-activated assistant. Spotted by AFTVnews, the gadget includes a set of 10 LED lights that will count down as you wash your hands for the 20 seconds recommended by the CDC to keep germs and harmful bacteria away. As an Alexa Gadget, you can also pair the Smart Soap Dispenser with a compatible Echo device to access a supporting Alexa Routine that will play your favorite song or tell you a joke or fun fact while you scrub away. That's an optional feature and the dispenser itself doesn't include a microphone or speaker. You also don't need an Echo device to access its best gimmick.