Amazon Echo Spot Could Be An Alarm Clock For The 21st Century

Amazon Echo Spot Could Be An Alarm Clock For The 21st Centuryā€¯

You'll be able to snag one of these Echo devices for a lower cost if you get in quick, as Amazon will be selling them at special introductory prices of AU$49 for the Dot, AU$119 for the Echo and AU$199 for the Plus.

Amazon's Alexa powered range of devices have been incredibly popular in a number of countries like the U.S., the United Kingdom and Europe, it will be interesting to see if the devices are also popular in Australia and New Zealand.

Amazon is expanding its smart assistant lineup to two new markets.

Amazon has also announced that its "Amazon Music Unlimited" service will also be available in Australia from February 1st, 2018.

The local version of Echo will come with a "localised experience" specifically designed for Australian customers.

Following the launch of Amazon Australia late past year, Amazon has announced that its "Echo" suite of smart speakers is now available to purchase in Australia - a move set to intensify competition within the smart speaker market, and provide rival Google a run for its money.

Westpac, one of Australia's largest banks, has teamed up with Amazon to enable basic banking services on Alexa-enabled devices.

The devices will ship from Amazon, but they will also be available at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Telstra, and Myer next month.

Amazon's store launch wasn't quite the beacon of digital hope many expected it would be, but don't worry, because the company that made the Kindle the most popular eReader isn't letting go of Australians any time soon.

Similarly, online services marketplace Airtasker and tradesman-hiring platform Hipages have both launched Alexa skills.

"It's still early days for having conversations with your technology, but we're continuing to discover new ways to adapt and integrate that into our daily lives", he says.

While Amazon has been busy rolling out its local launch for a few months now, finally launching to take on retailers in early December, Amazon Music Unlimited will enter the market on Feb 1 with a catalogue of more than 45 million songs.

The bank previous year unveiled a 'Talk to NAB' app for Google Assistant. Australian and New Zealand users can subscribe to all three tiers: The Echo-only $5AUD monthly entry plan, the Individual for $12AUD and the upcoming Family Plan that splits an $18AUD bill between up to six people.

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