Amazon Alexa DOWN: Echo smart speakers not working after major Amazon outage

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Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is experiencing apparent outages across the United Kingdom leaving many people unable to use their Echo devices, according to a number of reports from users this morning. "Can someone come and turn my lights off. Thanks". Alongside these, the covers were also pulled back on a brand new Echo Plus. This time around Amazon has opted for something less austere, aping the 2nd-gen Echo with a a fabric cover and coming in a choice of three colours: Charcoal (dark grey / black), Heather Grey (below), and Sandstone (white). The new Echo Dot and Echo Plus will start shipping in October while the Echo Sub will be available later this year. Many devices of Amazon are listed as the public easily but many are not, just like some products are only ordered on special demand, for example, if you want to buy Amazon Echo you must give an invite to purchase. It feels a lot sleeker, is said to louder in terms of volume and offers a 3.5mm audio jack plus Bluetooth connectivity. You can ask the Echo Plus to play songs from Amazon Music and Spotify, audiobooks from Audible, or make free voice calls to other Echo devices your friends own. While Alexa still dominates, recently Google Home has been outselling Echo devices.

Overall, the changes are physical with the Echo Dot, which Amazon claims is its best-selling smart speaker in the country which is understandable.

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With that, the Amazon Echo which was launched earlier is now available at a discounted price of Rs 8,999. Hulu already supports Alexa on Fire TV, enabling users to pull up the app and specific content using voice commands.

Voice assistants are a key trend, and everyone is looking to capitalize on Amazon Alexa, Google Home and other voice-activated platforms.

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