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Amazon Echo now available offline too, but introductory discount offer ends

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The Echo Dot is available for Rs 4,499, while the Echo costs Rs 9,999, and Echo Plus costs Rs 14,999.

If you don't want your contacts to call on your Echo device, Alexa app offers few settings to limit it.

Starting today, you can purchase any of the Amazon smart speakers or devices across online and offline channels without the need for an invite.


It has been over three months since Amazon originally released the Echo devices in the country and expectedly, the Alexa Skills portfolio for India has greatly increased during this period. Apart from that, users can also use hands-free calling and messaging, check cricket scores and schedules and more. For the uninitiated, the Drop-in feature makes it possible to make calls, send voice, text messages Echo devices of your friends and family.

Once a Canary user enables the Alexa skill within the Alexa mobile app, they'll need to sign in with their Canary credentials, after which point they'll have prompts to follow for connecting their devices. The feature allows you to call into an Echo device in another room. In addition, users can now also set up routines for Alexa to perform a series of actions from a single voice command. Amazon had recently announced that the Alexa skills library has crossed the 12,000 number, including PM Modi's popular Mann Ki Baat programme. The device you're talking to must be either an Echo Show or Echo Spot, which both have their own screens. Alexa itself has a different and a more familiar voice in India.

"Customers will now be able to purchase Echo devices from more than 350 retail outlets such as Croma, Reliance, Vijay Sales and Crossword, among others, across 20 cities in India", Parag Gupta, head of product management and marketing, Amazon Devices, was quoted as saying by the report of Economic Times. For those buying the Amazon Echo Plus online and at select retail outlets, Amazon is offering a Philips Hue bulb free.

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