Amazon Echo devices now available to all customers

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Now, however, consumers in India can place an order for the base Amazon Echo model (Rs. 9,999), the Echo Dot (Rs. 4,499), or the Echo Plus (Rs. 14,999) as they would with any other product on Amazon.

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Currently, over 12,000 skills available for users in India, as the company claims, and it seems, Amazon is planning towards bringing more and more skills to the Echo devices in the days to come.

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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.

Echo devices are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around the speaker's voice. A new feature available now that wasn't available before is Alexa to Alexa voice calling to voice call your friends and family.

The feature, called 'Your Voice, ' can be set up by saying the following phrase to Amazon's voice-activated assistant, "Alexa, who am I?" To make and receive calls using Alexa, users need to have supported Echo devices or the free Alexa app on their Android or iOS mobile phones.

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The Drop-In feature also turns your Echo into an intercom allowing you to call into an Echo device in another room.

Amazon Devices said, "We are excited to make Alexa and our Echo devices available for all customers, and we can't wait to hear about their experiences". It will ask who you are, and if the Echo device is registered under your account, your profile should be listed there. Note, as a launch offer, Amazon is also offering Philips Hue bulb for free with the purchase of Echo Plus on and select retail outlets. To find new skills, users can simply visit the Alexa skills store on Amazon India.

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