When Amazon released the Echo Dot, the mini-me version of the Echo, the only way you could by it was through an Amazon Echo. It was $90 and almost always on backorder. But Amazon just announced the 2nd Generation Echo Dot, and it’s available to anyone for $50. After seeing how much my parents use and enjoy their Echo ($179), I was about to buy one, but the Dot is a lot cheaper and it seems to do everything the Echo can do. The thing it doesn’t have is the Echo’s full size speaker, but you can connect a speaker to the Dot via Bluetooth or auxiliary cable. I just preordered one.