Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Amazon Echo is now available in India

Amazon Echo is now available in India

The Echo speakers are priced between Rs 4500 and Rs 15000 - the Echo Dot costs Rs 4499, the Echo costs Rs 9999 and the Echo Plus costs Rs 14999.

If you don't want your contacts to call on your Echo device, Alexa app offers few settings to limit it.

Along with the start of offline sales via its partners, Amazon has also removed the invite system from their website for getting an Echo smart speaker.

"With Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging, you can easily make and receive calls between supported Echo devices or the free Alexa app on your smartphone, hands-free".

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It has been over three months since Amazon originally released the Echo devices in the country and expectedly, the Alexa Skills portfolio for India has greatly increased during this period. The ability to add family members to your Amazon account isn't available in India just yet, but Amazon will likely roll out the feature shortly.

If you don't use the Alexa app for iOS or Android, you can configure your Echo through the web. In addition, users can set up routines for Alexa to perform a series of actions from a single voice command. Amazon had recently announced that the Alexa skills library has crossed the 12,000 number, including PM Modi's popular Mann Ki Baat programme. This means the Alexa skill is suitable for the Echo Show, Amazon's large video-enabled Echo device, the newer, rounder, and much smaller Echo Spot, as well as compatible Fire TVs.

Commenting on the wide availability, Jayshree Gururaj Director of Amazon Devices said, "We are grateful to the customers across India who have helped create the Alexa experience during the invite phase".

You can also set permissions for who gets to drop in on your Echo device. Alternatively, the range will also be available in over 350 retail stores across 20 cities, including Croma, Crossword, and Reliance Digital.

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