Amazon is finally bringing Alexa, its intuitive AI, to India. The e-commerce portal site has listed the new Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus smart speakers along with the pricing.
The Echo speaker family is basically a voice-controlled device that uses Alexa voice service to execute multiple tasks like playing music, setting reminders, check your weather and sports scores, command smart home devices and so on. It may even connect to speakers or headphones via Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from various services. According to a report, India is going to have Amazon Prime Music but will initially be available as a preview for customers buying any of those Echo devices. It will eventually be produced free of charge for prime members. They will also encourage music streaming from Saavn and TuneIn.
There are seven microphones onboard along with beam-forming technologies, and noise cancellation which allows it to recognise your own voice from almost any direction even in noisy environments or while playing music.
The new Echo devices may also control lights, switches, and more with compatible connected devices from Philips, Syska as well as others. Alexa will also encourage a variety of services from Zomato, Ola, Urbanclap, and more
Amazon India will likely be offering the newest Echo speakers via an invite only system. Basically you will need to send in a request and if your invitation is accepted, you will find an email confirmation in ‘the coming weeks’. You will then get a opportunity to purchase one unit. One year of Amazon Prime subscription will be included with some of the Echo speakers that you buy and also an additional 30 percent discount will be offered in the time of checkout. Existing Prime members may expand membership by one year, or provide an equivalent cashback.