Amazon Echo now available offline too, but introductory discount offer ends

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This brings the price of the Amazon Echo Dot up to Rs 4,499, the Echo to Rs 9,999 and the Echo Plus up to Rs 14,999.

Echo smart speakers are voice-controlled and have been created to always be ready to take instructions from the users.

These Amazon Alexa virtual assistant powered Echo smart speakers were launched in India back in the month of November previous year. These features have already been available to many users across the country, but soon the broader rollout will start. In addition, users can set up routines for Alexa to perform a series of actions from a single voice command, shop on using their voice, and choose from over 12,000 Alexa skills to enhance their Echo experience.

Though this feature has been available for a number of months in the US, the ability for Alexa to identify individual voices has now made its way to Canada. Once you browse the skills on your phone or PC, all you have to do is simply ask Alexa on your Echo device to add the skill.

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At the time, Amazon advised users to open the Alexa app and turn off the "voice purchasing" setting.

Back in October past year, Amazon launched its Echo, Echo Plus (review), and Echo Dot smart speakers in India, but instead of opting for an open sale route, the company made a decision to initially sell the speakers on an invite-only basis in the country. But, that's not the scenario any longer.

Jayshree Gururaj, Director, 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". If you have more than one Echo devices setup in your home, you can now play music on them simultaneously. In the offline channel, Amazon has tied up with over 350 retail outlets across 20 cities in India, including the likes of Reliance Digital, Croma, Crossword and more. "Since Alexa runs in the cloud, she is always getting smarter - the Alexa experience in India continues to evolve with new features, even better speech recognition, new localized skills, expanded music selection, and more". For those buying the Amazon Echo Plus online and at select retail outlets, Amazon is offering a Philips Hue bulb free.