Amazon Echo & Alexa Available In Australia & New Zealand Next Month

Amazon to launch 'Kiwi' echo speakers

With voice services being pivotal to bringing smart home technology to the mainstream, we're excited to announce that from next month, Telstra will be supporting the arrival of Amazon's voice service Alexa, on devices like Amazon Echo, in Australia - and that it will integrate with Telstra Smart Home® via a new Telstra skill by the end of February.

Alexa is the brain that powers Amazon's smart speaker Echo - she works via voice recognition, with the ability to understand natural language spoken and she listens for her name before responding to requests. The Echo ($179) is the standard unit, while the Dot ($89) has all the smarts but no speaker and is created to be connected to one.

Alongside the robots, drones and smart home devices that dominated the agenda at CES was one of the world's technology giants trying to make a big statement - Google wants you to use Google Assistant.

In case you're not familiar, the Echo speakers are powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant and can be controlled with voice commands. Through the Alexa App you can create groups with two or more Echo devices by naming the group - something like "downstairs" or "next door" (nah just kidding about that one don't worry).

AdNews revealed earlier this year that News Corp, Fairfax, ABC and Mamamia were all in discussions with Amazon regarding the launch of Alexa and how they could push their content through the platform.

Starting today, Australians can pre-order the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Echo Plus on Amazon's website.

Air New Zealand's Alexa skill will initially be available in New Zealand and Australia but the airline will look to roll it out to additional markets as well as add further skills in the future. Amazon is now set to redress this hemispherical imbalance, announcing today Alexa and three Alexa-enabled Echo devices are now heading this way.

SEEK is among some of the first Australian brands, and the first Australian employment marketplace, to build Alexa skills in Australia. The Echo devices will be localised for Australia, from Alexa sounding like an Aussie or Kiwi, to recognising our various local accents, as well as providing local news bulletins, weather forecasts, sports scores and surf reports.

Likewise, AGL said customers could check bill information using Alexa once it launching locally.

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