Amazon Echo And Alexa Launched In Australia And New Zealand

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Additionally, Amazon's music service Amazon Unlimited will be launched in Australia and New Zealand on February 1st.

Although Echo's rival Google Home has had a six-month head start in Australia, arriving last year, and while Apple's Siri which predates Alexa by three years-Alexa still remain the pioneer when it comes to smart speaker technology, with the device experiencing rapid growth in the smart home market.

Echo will come in three variants locally, including the eponymous Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus, and that's not all, with Alexa gaining an Aussie twang for the launch, too. Customers will also be able to obtain a financial market update. Moreover, Australians can also instruct Alexa to control their smart appliances, answer questions, and obtain the latest weather forecast.

Airtasker co-founder and CEO Tim Fung says the objective of joining Amazon Alexa is to make the voice-based platform more accessible to users. "We are planning to work together with our customers to shape future conversations using Alexa".

The airline has been increasingly experimenting with Artificial Intelligence.

Amazon.com.au finally launched in December, ending months of speculation.

"Chances are in five years" time, she could be the smartest "person' in the room", he added.

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Let us know in the comments. In November, it partnered with fellow lenders Commonwealth and NAB to develop a new payment app that enables free instant payments to consumers and small businesses, regardless of who they bank with.

Will you be picking one up?

On the entertainment front, Village Entertainment announced its own Alexa skill, developed in partnership with Versa, that allows a user to ask about movie times and location. This compares favourably with competing voice assistants that do not offer non-voice schedules.

Domino's not surprisingly, has an Alexa skill too for ordering pizza. Customers will also be able to manage a range of account services, Amaysim said.

The devices will ship from Amazon, but they will also be available at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Telstra, and Myer next month. As the company's press release explains, it "combines Coty's focus on voice-driven beauty services with visuals, which are critical in beauty". Initially, customers can stay across the status of their bill and when it's due with a simple voice comment.

SEEK is among some of the first Australian brands, and the first Australian employment marketplace, to build Alexa skills in Australia.

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