Following the launch of Amazon Australia late past year, Amazon has announced that its "Echo" suite of smart speakers is now available to purchase in Australia - a move set to intensify competition within the smart speaker market, and provide rival Google a run for its money.
In the past we've noted the continuing and growing importance of voice services, and now we're working with Amazon to allow our Telstra Smart Home® customers to seamlessly control lights, smart plugs and thermostats, by talking to Alexa on their Amazon Echo. What you might not expect is that it's affecting newer ones too. The version of Alexa launched will also be catered specifically for Australia and New Zealand, where it will come loaded with knowledge about the local areas, as well as skills created by local developers.
Amazon Alexa works as an in-home virtual helper, similar to Apple's Siri and Google Assistant, where users can ask questions and receive answers or access to media on request.
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.
As a result of the integration with Amazon Alexa, users can use their voice to post and allocate tasks via Airtasker on the platform.
The Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus will be available for preorder at early bird prices on amazon.com.au as of Thursday, and the devices will begin shipping in early February, according to Amazon.
These are just some examples of Alexa integration, there are literally hundreds more - while Google Home got the jump on this space previous year in Australia it's very clear Amazon is coming in at full speed.
"We've started with voice-powered news content to see how consumers respond, and will be using these insights to create an even more immersive AI experience".
From your bank balance to your mobile balance and your smart home devices there's a range of Aussie options to integrate with Amazon's Alexa at launch.
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