Amazon Echo devices are headed to Australia and New Zealand in February

18 January, 2018, 14:07 | Author: Irene Delgado
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The Echo range of smart speakers are now available for pre-order on Amazon Australia with the units going on sale early February.

The finished product can let you know the cricket score, whether your Air New Zealand flight is on time, and can even throw in a few Kiwi jokes. Customers in Australia and New Zealand can also purchase devices at select major retailers in early February.

Google clearly took note of this and chose to try to start 2018 on the front foot by draping Las Vegas in Google imagery and adverts, as it aims to close the gap to Amazon and Alexa in the smart home market.

The smart home speakers also are launching with a regional version of Alexa, featuring a voice for Australia and New Zealand, local knowledge offerings and skills created by developers in the region.

Alongside the robots, drones and smart home devices that dominated the agenda at CES was one of the world's technology giants trying to make a big statement - Google wants you to use Google Assistant.

Any SEEK customer with an Amazon Echo will now be able to hear the latest jobs, find out what it's like to work at a company and hear the latest employment news.

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"Our skill [the term Amazon uses for Alexa capabilities] for Amazon Alexa devices provides a secure connection between the device and a customer's internet banking account, allowing them the convenience to manage their money".

Domino's Group Chief Technology and Digital Officer Michael Gillespie said it brings new meaning to fast and easy online ordering "We have always placed pride in being able to make our customer's lives easier and fit in with their busy schedules, and we are constantly reviewing ways in which our online ordering process can be faster, easier and more convenient".

Rival tradesman marketplace, hipages, also claimed to be one of the first transactional skill-based services to integrate with Amazon Alexa in Australia.

"Whether our customers are with friends, in the middle of a movie or at home with their family, they can simply just ask Alexa and Alexa will respond immediately to place that order with Domino's", Mr Gillespie said.

Voice search and control using devices like Amazon Echo or Google Assistant-enabled devices such as Google Home, continue to grow in popularity. And with them comes our own true-blue Alexa, with what we can only assume is going to be a fair dinkum Aussie accent.



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