Amazon Pulls Echo Wall Clock Over Connectivity Issues

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    Amazon has pulled its Echo Wall Clock over concerns about connectivity issues, just a little over a month since it began shipping the product.

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    The Wall Clock's lack of availability on the Amazon website was first spotted by The Wall Street Journal's Joanna Stern before being confirmed by Amazon in a statement given to The Verge.
    Announced in September along with several other Alexa-enabled products, Amazon's Wall Clock costs $29.99 and performs the expected Alexa and Echo tasks while also telling the time.

    It runs on four AA batteries and connects to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for setup, but requires the user to own a standard Echo to access all the features, which include displaying timers on the clock face.

    Customers who received a clock before they were delisted and have experienced connectivity issues are advised to contact Amazon to arrange a refund.

    Article Link: Amazon Pulls Echo Wall Clock Over Connectivity Issues
     
  2. SAIRUS macrumors 6502a

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    Just in the nick of time...it’s never a good time to do this...Amazon keeping good, clock, face.
     
  3. GCN macrumors newbie

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    Mine works great. No issues at all.
     
  4. Romeo_Nightfall macrumors regular

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    lets hope it stays well ...
     
  5. AngerDanger macrumors 68040

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    I have never seen something more obviously Photoshopped into a stock photo.
     
  6. SkippyThorson macrumors 65816

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    Wait, so the shadow coming from the front right of everything else and the shadow of the clock falling on the top-inside edge and behind the left of said clock... Oh. Oh, I see. There aren't two suns.
     
  7. lunarworks macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, an internet-connected analogue clock is one of the dumbest things I've ever seen.
     
  8. Klososky macrumors newbie

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    The common misconception is that this device actually has Alexa built in. In fact, it only shows visual indicators for timers and notifications. It does not talk.
     
  9. Unity451 macrumors regular

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    truth
     
  10. trusso macrumors 6502

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    Looking to sue for copyright infringement? :p
     
  11. sunapple macrumors 68000

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    So it's a clock that can only tell time? Sounds useless.
     
  12. UnusedLoginID macrumors member

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    Bluetooth and WiFi on 4 AA batteries! What can go wrong? Why do companies always skimp on battery power (I’m looking at you, Apple)?
     
  13. NightFox macrumors 68020

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    Company says "We're aware that some customers have had issues..."

    = I think they're being open and honest

    Company says "We're aware that a small number of customers have had issues..."

    = I think worthless, empty PR spin
     
  14. newellj, Jan 23, 2019
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    Bought one as soon as it was released and have been really happy with it. No connectivity issues at all. As a clock, it's so-so but as a timer paired with Alexa it's the best thing we've bought for the kitchen in years. I hope it makes a come-back.

    And, oh yeah, it replaced one of those clocks that's supposed to pick up a signal from Boulder every night. In New England the NIST longwave signal is so weak that many nights clocks and watches don't catch the signal, even if sited optimally. Having this pick up network time is an improvement, even if it's a modest point.
     
  15. TheWatchfulOne macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps that picture was taken on Tatooine?;)
     
  16. airshu macrumors newbie

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    I know what you mean. I can always tell when my kitchen clock didn’t correctly sync the night before because the timer goes off 0.00003 seconds later than usual and my eggs are burned.
     
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    I'm not talking about fractions of a second. Both of the "atomic" clocks we have jump around between time zones, or (worse) get off-time randomly by 20, 30 or 40ish minutes.
     
  18. Apple.Fanatic macrumors member

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    I own one of these and it's in my kitchen. I much prefer an analog clock for style and its nice to set timers to show and it auto updates for daylight saving. Worth the price imo.
     
  19. newellj macrumors 604

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    After a lot of back and forth I chose an analog face for my AW, and I like the analog face on this clock. I can get a very accurate read on the time with just a glance. And as airshu pointed out above, we don't generally need fractional or even down-to-the-second accuracy.
     
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