Amazon Echo To Make Synchronised Smart Homes Across 20 Cities In India

Alexa will get Amazon's own custom chips

This brings the price of the Amazon Echo Dot up to Rs 4,499, the Echo to Rs 9,999 and the Echo Plus up to Rs 14,999. This new Alexa skill supports all Canary devices; with it, device owners can say something like, "Alexa, show me Camera Name" to pull up a video feed on their preferred device.

Echo devices are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around the speaker's voice.

Your Voice allows user-specific features across calling, messaging, calendar, music, shopping and Alexa's Flash Briefing.

Amazon first launched the Echo series in India back in October 2017 but back then the devices were only available on an invite basis.

To recall, Amazon launched its Echo devices in India back in October a year ago, but to be able to purchase these devices, customers had to wait for an invite. The Individual Voice Profiles feature allows users to set up different profiles, so Alexa can offer personalised results to each of the individuals. To make and receive calls using Alexa, users need to have supported Echo devices or the free Alexa app on their Android or iOS mobile phones. In the near future, developers are gearing up to add more skills to enable users to perform activities like - order food, call a taxi, control lights and more.

"We are grateful to the customers across India who have helped create the Alexa experience during the invite phase", Jayshree Gururaj, director at Amazon Devices was quoted as saying in the company's release. It will ask who you are, and if the Echo device is registered under your account, your profile should be listed there. The devices can now be purchased online through and offline through 350 retail stores across 20 cities, including Croma, Reliance, Vijay Sales, Crossword and more.

In the three months since it made its debut in India, over 1,000 new localized skills have been added to Alexa. 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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