Amazon brings Prime, Alexa and Alexa devices to Canada


Amazon Echo - the original voice-controlled speaker that provides Alexa access will be available in Sandstone, heather grey, and charcoal.

Customers who pre-order any of the company's soon-to-be-launched Echo devices will be able to start streaming Prime Music when Echo begins shipping in Canada on 5 December, with the help of Amazon's cloud-based voice assistant Alexa.

Alongside the Echo launch, Amazon is also opening the Alexa Skills Kit and Alexa Voice Service for local developers and hardware makers to create integrations built on Alexa for the Canadian market.

Echo Plus - The recently-introduced sequel to the original Echo features all the Alexa features, plus ZigBee wireless smart home connections. Over 10,000 skills will be available for customers in Canada this year, including skills from Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more.

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Alexa delivers an all-new experience, including a new English voice with a Canadian accent, local knowledge, and local skills from Canadian developers. The devices will also be available from a number of retailers including Best Buy, The Source, Staples, TELUS, Bell, Bed Bath & Beyond, and TSC.

Also available today is Amazon's new Smart Home Store, which lists all smart devices available for purchase from a variety of manufacturers.

Amazon has been encouraging online shoppers to avail of Alexa since it made over 100 exclusive deals available for Alexa users during its third-annual Prime Day sales event on 12 July. Prime Music, which features over 1 million songs on demand, is now included with every new and existing Prime membership in Canada. That changes today, when the retail giant announced that, alongside Alexa, it has launched Prime Music and its trio of Echo products in Canada. Let us know what you're going to jump on.