Amazon Echo Finally Launches in Canada

Amazon Echo Finally Launches in Canada

Amazon Echo is the company's voice controlled smart speaker, with far-field voice control so it can hear your commands from across the room, available in three colours: Sandstone, Heather Grey and Charcoal. That has now been corrected, as Amazon has finally launched the Echo family, Prime Music and Alexa Voice services and skills in the land of hockey and poutine.

"Tens of millions of customers are already using Alexa, and today we're excited to bring her to Canada with an experience designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers", Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa, said in a statement.

It will also gain local knowledge and skills from Air Canada, TD Bank, Telus, CBC, Manulife and around 10,000 others this year. There's a ton that Alexa can do, and Amazon is always working towards improving it.

The Amazon Echo Plus is a little taller and thinner than the current $99 Amazon Echo base model.   Matt Weinberger  Business Insider
The Amazon Echo Plus is a little taller and thinner than the current $99 Amazon Echo base model. Matt Weinberger Business Insider

Adding to today's exciting announcements, starting now, Amazon Prime Members in Canada have access to more than one million songs on-demand, at no additional cost with Prime Music!

Amazon Music is available on Echo, iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Web, Fire TV and select automobiles. Prime Music earned a "good" rating in PCMag's review. Other popular Amazon countries in Europe, including France, Spain and Italy, have yet to see it. Now since these are the first Echo devices to launch in Canada, the functionality may be slightly limited, compared to what users in the USA have currently. They are all available for pre-order and will start shipping out December 5th. Amazon is offering them at discounted introductory prices: the Echo will be priced at C$99.99 (usually C$129.99), Echo Dot at C$49.99 (usually C$69.99), and Echo Plus at C$169.99 (usually C$199.99).

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