Amazon has announced to launch its Echo voice-controlled speaker system with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, along with Alexa voice assistant – who now has an English accent and the Echo Dot to UK and Germany.
Amazon initially launched its Echo speaker in US back in late 2014 and it has been exclusively sold in the US so far, but now Amazon decided to bring Alexa in international markets.
Amazon Echo will come with a number of various region-specific skills. Its voice assistant Alexa, the cloud-based voice service will fulfill your spoken commands, such as setting an alarm and tell you the time and give you news updates, weather reports or finding the answer to a question you may have. You will be able to ask questions about the world around you. In the UK, Amazon is partnering with Uber, Spotify, Jamie Oliver, Sky Sports and more to let Alexa control services and apps through just your voice.
Dave Limp, VP of Devices and Services said that over 1,000 people are currently working on Echo and Alexa, with the aim of making its response more life-like and natural. Also said, “The voice team will not stop until Alexa indistinguishable from a human voice.”
The Echo speakers will start shipping on September 28 the Echo is priced at £149 in the UK and €179.99 in Germany and will also be available in a new white color model. The Echo Dot will ship on October 20 and this will cost £49.99 in the UK, $49.99 in the US, and €59.99 in Germany.