After a few years of waiting, Amazon Alexa and the Echo lineup of devices is officially coming to Canada. First announced back in November 2014, the digital assistant and accompanying devices could be configured to work up here, but it took some trickery and a bit of effort. Even once you did get it working in Canada, the service was gimped at best and didn’t offer the full functionality that Alexa offers. The Canadian version of Alexa offers a new English voice with a Canadian accent (curious to find out which province they used as the basis) and over 10,000 skills from companies like Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, and more will be available this year.
“Tens of millions of customers are already using Alexa, and today we’re excited to bring her to Canada with an experience designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers,” said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “The combination of Alexa and Echo provides customers with hands-free access to music, weather, news, information, and more—just ask.”
For those unfamiliar with Alexa and the Echo lineup of devices, Alexa is a smart assistant that can do everything from read the news, get local weather, play music, control your smart home, and — my daughter’s favourite pastime — ask Alexa questions about just about everything. Not only are Amazon’s Echo devices coming up north, third-party devices like the ecobee4 smart thermostate, UE BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers, and FABRIQ Chorus speakers will also be getting Alexa support.
With the Alexa availability news, the Echo Dot, Echo, and Echo Plus are now available for pre-order on Amazon.ca starting at $49.99CAD. All Echo devices are listed for release on December 5th. The devices will also be available from a number of retailers including Best Buy, The Source, Staples, TELUS, Bell, Bed Bath & Beyond, and TSC.Pre-order Echo devices from Amazon.ca Source: Amazon
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