Amazon Echo speaker with Alexa voice assistant to launch this Diwali

Rodiano Bonacci
Agosto 16, 2017

The festival of lights falls on 19 of October this year, so we expect the official launch to happen by mid-October. "(The) earlier plan was to launch it around December but it looks like they will be out sooner", a company source told the publication. Online shopping in India usually surges around the festive season, so it isn't surprising that the launch is being advanced.

The company is now testing two variants, the Echo and Echo Dot, with some of its employees. It features far-field voice recognition and full support for Alexa, Amazon's voice assistant. The touch screen Echo version on the other hand, is likely to be launched in India sometime next year.

INR -12000 INR, whereas the Echo Dot is said to be priced at around 5000 INR - 6000 INR. In India, the Echo is expected to be priced around Rs.11,000-12,000 while the Echo Dot could be priced around Rs.5,000-6,000.

To make the speakers work well in India, Amazon is training the speakers to understand and speak Indic languages like Tamil and Hindi. Apart from connecting to the home's Wi-Fi connection, the Amazon Echo can also connect to your smartphone and smart home devices. While the speaker will not support all Indic languages at launch, it will be added later through software updates. Of course, Alexa will also help Indian consumers shop for products on the Amazon India platform.

Amazon's Echo line of smart speakers might finally be making its way to India years after making a big impact in the United States market.

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