Amazon brings Alexa-to-Alexa calling & multi-room music to India

16 February, 2018, 07:05 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Amazon's smart speakers are always listening for the 'Alexa' trigger

No discounts are now being offered either, which means you will need to pay Rs.4,499 for the Echo Dot, Rs.9,999 for Echo, and Rs.14,999 for the Echo Plus smart speaker. In order to make and receive calls using Alexa, users need to have supported Echo devices or the companion Alexa app on their Android or iOS mobile phones, Amazon said in its release. All the three smart speakers are available across both online and offline channels today onwards, including Amazon.in, Amazon kiosks and also other retail outlets across the country. The Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Plus speakers were initially available only via invitation with a 30 percent discount and 1 free year of Amazon Prime membership worth Rs.999.

Echo devices are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around your voice-they are always ready, hands-free, and fast.

The second-generation Echo product range launched in India back in October, but at the time, potential buyers had to first wait on an invite request to be accepted. To use this feature, all you need is an Echo smart speaker or the latest version of Alexa app on your smartphone. "Just ask, and Alexa will answer questions, play music, turn the lights on and off, give sports scores, check the weather, call your friends and family and more", the company says. In addition, users can set up routines for Alexa to perform a series of actions from a single voice command.

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Coming to Echo Plus, the smart speaker also doubles as a smart hub, which makes it easier to connect to compatible smart home devices.

To enable this feature, just link the new Canary skill to your Alexa account. The Echo devices can be purchased from over 350 retail outlets such as Croma, Reliance, Vijay Sales, Crossword and more in 20 cities across India.

Amazon recently brought its Echo smart speakers powered by their own digital Assistant, Alexa to India.

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