Amazon is offering a promotional discount on Echo devices in Canada to celebrate the launch. Not only are Amazon's Echo devices coming up north, third-party devices like the ecobee4 smart thermostate, UE BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers, and FABRIQ Chorus speakers will also be getting Alexa support. Well, apparently another company figured this out as Speak Music, a San Jose based company, have just announced the Muse, a $49 Dot for your vehicle.
Alexa in Canada will include a new English voice with a Canadian accent, plus local knowledge, and local skills from Canadian developers.
Echo Plus - The recently-introduced sequel to the original Echo features all the Alexa features, plus ZigBee wireless smart home connections.
Amazon expects 10,000 skills to be available to Canadian users this year, "including skills from Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more".
Amazon brings Echo, Alexa, and Prime Music to Canada
"Music plays such an important role in our customers' lives, and we're excited to provide an even better Prime experience for Canada with the launch of Prime Music", Mike Strauch, Country Manager for Amazon Canada, said in the press release. The Canadian Alexa voice will exactly be the same as that of the local language of the nation. The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) is a collection of free, self-service APIs and tools so that developers can create skills or capabilities for Alexa. There are a ton of different recipe skills available for Alexa like Allrecipes, which also has an Android app.
Customers can preorder the Echo devices from Amazon Canada, with shipping set to start on December 5th.
Not just Alexa, Amazon Prime members in Canada will also get the service of Prime Music from today. Prime Music, which features over 1 million songs on demand, is now included with every new and existing Prime membership in Canada.