Here's When Amazon's Music Streaming Service Is Coming To Australia

Posted January 19, 2018

Following a fairly mixed reception to its "Echo Show" offering, Amazon is targeting its alarm clock-cum-smart-camera, the Echo Spot, in the European market with its United Kingdom launch.

Coty will first launch its assistant tool for Amazon Echo Show in the United Kingdom, and then roll it out for all other Echo devices.

Echo (AU$149): The Echo is the original model.

Essentially, it was Google capitalising on a part of the market only it was found in, but come February 1st, that won't be the case.

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Amazon's Echo range of smart speakers, which Australians have been hearing about for years, are officially launching Down Under in February.

Slightly different than Google's Assistant, Alexa isn't tied down to the Google search system or your Gmail account. But when linked to other smart gadgets it can be transformed into the central hub of your smart home, allowing you to control nearly anything in your house via voice command.

The cloud-powered Alexa service can perform a range of tasks in response to spoken queries, such as answer questions, read news headlines, play music, make calls and control Wi-Fi and Zigbee connected smart home devices.

Air New Zealand is set to become one of the first airlines in Australasia to launch on Amazon's digital assistant Alexa.

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"Tens of millions of customers are already using Alexa, and today we're excited to bring her to Australia with a localised experience designed for our Australian customers", Amazon Devices & Services senior vice president Dave Limp said in a statement. The Echo ($179) is the standard unit, while the Dot ($89) has all the smarts but no speaker and is created to be connected to one. Alternatively, a two pack of Echo Dots can be found for $79 at the moment, making it easier to try out Amazon's vision of a smart home.

If you ask about local weather or news, Alexa will scan local sources in order to give you the most relevant information. However, if you're quick, there's a $30 discount off RRP to celebrate the launch, so jump on in.

Westpac customers can now access their account balance, recent spending history, and reward points status with Alexa, while NAB allows customers to drill the device about their latest deposits and payments in and out of their accounts. In addition to being sold via Amazon.com.au, they are available from Myer, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Telstra.

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