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Amazon Alexa, Echo, and the All-New Echo Dot Coming to the UK

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Amazon today (14th September) announced that Alexa, the brain that powers Amazon Echo, is coming to the UK, along with two Alexa-enabled devices: Echo and the all-new Echo Dot. Echo is available for pre-order for £149.99 at www.amazon.co.uk/echo and will start shipping in the coming weeks. Echo Dot is available for pre-order as a single device for £49.99, in a 6-pack, and in a 12-pack at www.amazon.co.uk/echodot and will start shipping next month.

Amazon Echo and Echo Dot are voice-controlled speakers designed entirely around your voice—they’re always ready, hands-free, and fast. Alexa is the brain behind Echo and Echo Dot—just ask and she’ll answer questions, play music, read the news, set timers and alarms, recite your calendar, check sports scores, control lights around your home, and much more. With Echo and Echo Dot’s far-field voice control, you can do all this from across the room just by asking. Since Alexa runs in the cloud, she is always getting smarter—plus, third party developers are building new skills for Alexa every day. There will be thousands of Alexa skills available for UK customers at launch including skills from Spotify, Uber, Philips Hue, Hive, Just Eat, National Rail Enquiries, and more.

“Millions across the US have already fallen in love with Alexa. And, predictably, she’s even more likeable with a British accent,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon Founder and CEO. “We’re delighted to be bringing Echo and Alexa to the UK.”

Customers in the US love Alexa and Echo—on Amazon.com, customers have left over 28,000 5-star reviews—here’s what they’re saying:

“The power of this device right now is amazing. Each week it appears more features—simple to use and configure—are added. Truly the future today.”

“Overall this is a fantastic, game-changing device.”

“Echo is in the house and part of the family. We use it and enjoy it all the time. It’s like a peek at the future...you know the one...with flying cars. Plays music...reads books...tells jokes...keeps track of my calendar...keeps me updated with news , weather and traffic. A device with personality....an entertaining friend. It’s more magic than machine!”

“And that’s the point of something truly magical. It just fades away into the background and becomes part of your life. Alexa is just that.”

Here’s what reviewers in the US are saying about Echo and Alexa:

“A Perfect 10” – ZDNet

“The Echo is one of the most compelling cases I’ve ever seen for the power of voice control, of talking to our gadgets the way we talk to each other.” – The Verge

“I’m convinced that Echo is just a taste of ~the future~ that science fiction promised us...THIS IS THE DAMN FUTURE, PEOPLE.” – BuzzFeed

“The Echo is Amazon's latest futuristic gadget experiment. It's one part Bluetooth speaker and one part personal voice assistant. And it blew my mind.” – Mashable

“The Echo may be the closest thing we'll have to a Star Trek computer at home.” – CNET
Amazon Echo—Always Ready, Connected, and Fast—Just £149.99

Echo is a hands-free, voice-controlled speaker that allows you to access Alexa from anywhere in the room with far-field voice control.

Source : Amazon Press Release
www.amazon.co.uk

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20 September 2016

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