Amazon's Alexa can now detect the voice of individual users in Canada

16 February, 2018, 07:04 | Author: Carmen Reese
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Amazon recently brought its Echo smart speakers powered by their own digital Assistant, Alexa to India.

Amazon says the configuration process takes approximately five minutes and requires an Alexa-compatible device and registered Alexa account. "Just ask, and Alexa will answer questions, play music, turn the lights on and off, give sports scores, check the weather, call your friends and family and more", the company says.

Echo users can now keep in touch with each other using the Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging feature. Echo devices, in simple terms, are voice-controlled speakers and are basically designed around the user's voice.

It's a server-side update, so nothing has to be done from your side, except that you need to update the Alexa App. You can do it by tapping the conversations icon in the bottom of the application. The Drop-in feature is also enabled, which works for room to room calling, and lets you reach out to people in your house by telling Alexa to drop in on a particular room. With multi-room music, users can listen to music in any of their rooms or have multiple Echo speakers in the same room for a more engaging experience.

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Customers who purchase the Echo Plus from Amazon and select retail outlets will also get a Philips Hue smart bulb free. Just go to echo.amazon.com in your browser and you'll be able to log-in and control your device without needing a phone. At the time of launch in India, Amazon had said that the devices will hit offline stores once the invite-only system ends.

Shortly after announcing them in the US, Amazon brought its latest Echo and Echo Plus smart speaker lineup to the Indian market in October a year ago. In addition, users can set up routines for Alexa to perform a series of actions from a single voice command.

Translate support: Use Alexa to translate phrases to other languages.

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