Amazon Echo devices now available for offline purchase in India

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The Echo Dot is available at a price of Rs 4,499, while the Echo and Echo Plus are selling at Rs 9,999 and Rs 14,999 respectively. You'll have to give Alexa access to your contacts, and after going through the list, the digital assistant will suggest people with Echo device linked to their phone numbers. On Thursday, the company announced that the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus speakers, which are all powered by Alexa, are now widely available for purchase by all customers in India.

Back in October a year ago, Amazon launched its Echo, Echo Plus (review), and Echo Dot smart speakers in India, but instead of opting for an open sale route, the company chose to initially sell the speakers on an invite-only basis in the country. The Individual Voice Profiles feature allows users to set up different profiles, so Alexa can offer personalised results to each of the individuals. Using their voice, users can incrementally adjust volume, to change the input of a playback device, switch a VIZIO SmartCast display on and off and even control playback functions such as fast forward, rewind and pause on select apps. Amazon Echo now allows you to use the Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging feature to connect with friends or family who have Echo compatible devices and apps.

Amazon has also introduced the multi-room music feature, which will let users play and control music across multiple Echo devices at the same time. In addition, users can set up routines for Alexa to perform a series of actions from a single voice command. The device you're talking to must be either an Echo Show or Echo Spot, which both have their own screens.

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Jayshree Gururaj, Director - Amazon Devices, said, "We are grateful to the customers across India who have helped create the Alexa experience during the invite phase". The devices can now be purchased online through and offline through 350 retail stores across 20 cities, including Croma, Reliance, Vijay Sales, Crossword and more.

After nearly six months of wait, Amazon has updated its digital assistant, Alexa, to enable "Individual Voice Profiles" and "Drop-in" feature for all the Echo Devices in India.

In the three months since it made its debut in India, over 1,000 new localized skills have been added to Alexa.

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