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

Amazon's smart speakers are always listening for the 'Alexa' trigger

The Amazon Echo Dot is available for purchase at Rs 4,499, the Echo for Rs 9,999, and the Echo Plus is now available at Rs 14,999. Once you browse the skills on your phone or PC, all you have to do is simply ask Alexa on your Echo device to add the skill.

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

In October 2017, the online store had introduced Echo devices to India, featuring an all new Alexa-experience built for customers in India. For the uninitiated, the Drop-in feature makes it possible to make calls, send voice, text messages Echo devices of your friends and family.

The feature, called 'Your Voice, ' can be set up by saying the following phrase to Amazon's voice-activated assistant, "Alexa, who am I?"

Once a Canary user enables the Alexa skill within the Alexa mobile app, they'll need to sign in with their Canary credentials, after which point they'll have prompts to follow for connecting their devices.

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Notably, the Echo devices also feature an Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging feature. In addition, users can set up routines for Alexa to perform a series of actions from a single voice command, shop on Amazon.in using their voice, and choose from over 12,000 Alexa skills to enhance their Echo experience.

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

Jayshree Gururaj, Director - Amazon Devices, said, "We are grateful to the customers across India who have helped create the Alexa experience during the invite phase".

In the three months since it made its debut in India, over 1,000 new localized skills have been added to Alexa. Note, as a launch offer, Amazon is also offering Philips Hue bulb for free with the purchase of Echo Plus on amazon.in and select retail outlets.

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