Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Science | By Dan Gutierrez

Amazon Echo now available offline too, but introductory discount offer ends

Amazon Echo now available offline too, but introductory discount offer ends

On Thursday, the company announced that the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus speakers, which are all powered by Alexa, are now widely available for purchase by all customers in India.

"Customers will now be able to purchase Echo devices from more than 350 retail outlets such as Croma, Reliance, Vijay Sales and Crossword, among others, across 20 cities in India", Parag Gupta, head of product management and marketing, Amazon Devices, was quoted as saying by the report of Economic Times. It is to be noted that when these were launched, these were available at a discount along with bundled Amazon Prime membership. The feature dubbed Drop-In makes it possible to make calls, send voice and text messages to Echo devices of your family and friends. These features include multi-room music, communications, and routines. The addition of a skill for Alexa to the SmartCast platform gives consumers with Alexa-enabled devices simple, hands-free control of key entertainment features on their VIZIO SmartCast display. To use this feature, all you need is an Echo smart speaker or the latest version of Alexa app on your smartphone.

In addition to Alexa skills, customers can also use the Amazon Music Service to access a huge library of Indian and global music. The speaker comes loaded with Alexa and it can be used to trigger multiple actions.

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Amazon Echo users in India can now access 12,000 skills, out of which 2,000 have been developed in India.

In the three months since it made its debut in India, over 1,000 new localized skills have been added to Alexa. If you've got an Echo set up in your living room and another one in your office, you can say, "Alexa, drop in on the office" from your living room and broadcast a message.

In a bid to localize its smart device ecosystem, Amazon has improved its Alexa assistant by making it more aware of local topics.

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