You'll be able to snag one of these Echo devices for a lower cost if you get in quick, as Amazon will be selling them at special introductory prices of AU$49 for the Dot, AU$119 for the Echo and AU$199 for the Plus.
Amazon is expanding its smart assistant lineup to two new markets. This means Amazon's assistant Alexa can play you specific stations, but also play the most streamed tracks ("play me the top pop song in Australia right now.") Amazon hopes its users will be using Alexa to discover and listen to the music they want based on mood, genre, era, artist name, and song or album title.
Developers will be able to build localized voice experiences and embed uniquely Australian and New Zealand knowledge within Alexa with the expansion of the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) - a collection of self-service APIs - and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).
Amazon Music has announced that the Amazon Music Unlimited service will become available in Australia and New Zealand starting 1 February. Priced at £120 in the United Kingdom (or £200 for two), the Spot offers the ability to watch Amazon Video on its 2.5-in screen, take video calls and stream music through Amazon Music and Spotify - the differentiating factor from a Dot here being that lyrics can appear on screen for your very own karaoke sess (when using the former).
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Some skills already available include loyalty program updates from Qantas and account balance updates from Westpac and NAB.
Amazon Music Unlimited is also coming to Australia and New Zealand, the tech firm announced. The devices will also be available to buy directly from major retailers in early February. For the unaware, Amazon's Music Unlimited program features "more than 45 million songs and hundreds of playlists" from a number of popular global artists as well as several artists local to both countries including Courtney Barnett and Sia.
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"We're also really excited about the prospect of the new Airtasker skill on Alex enabling people with a physical disability to use Airtasker - helping to broaden the community and creating a more inclusive and diverse platform", he says.