Amazon Echo devices now available to all customers

16 February, 2018, 07:05 | Author: Harriet Bell
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Along with the start of offline sales via its partners, Amazon has also removed the invite system from their website for getting an Echo smart speaker. On Thursday, the company announced that the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus speakers, which are all powered by Alexa, are now widely available for purchase by all customers in India.

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

Echo users can now keep in touch with each other using the Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging feature. The Individual Voice Profiles feature allows users to set up different profiles, so Alexa can offer personalised results to each of the individuals. In order to make or receive using Alexa, users will first need to have supported Echo devices or the free Alexa app on their Android or iOS mobile phones. Using Drop-in feature, you can send a text message, voice calls on Echo Show like device or a simple call, just like how you do on WhatsApp.

Routines support: You can use Routines to automate a series of customisable actions using a single voice command of your choice.

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Amazon Echo users in India can now access 12,000 skills, out of which 2,000 have been developed in India.

As a refresher, the Echo Dot retails for ₹4,499, the regular Echo is on sale for ₹9,999, and the Echo Plus with built-in smart home hub is available for ₹14,999. But, that's not the scenario any longer. Gururaj also added, "We are excited to make Alexa and our Echo devices available for all customers, and we can't wait to hear about their experiences". You can set the permissions on who gets to drop in on your Echo device.

Amazon Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus are now available across both online and offline channels at Rs 4,999, 9,999 and 14,999 respectively. For those buying the Amazon Echo Plus online and at select retail outlets, Amazon is offering a Philips Hue bulb free.

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