Amazon launches Alexa, Prime Music, and trio of Echo devices in Canada

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To access the service, customers have to activate the Alexa "voice skill", which is available on devices such as the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot or Amazon Tap.

Now that Alexa is heading to Canada, do you plan on picking up an Echo device? If you've been hankering for an Amazon Echo, now is your time to buy, as Amazon has knocked 22 per cent off the price of the new Amazon Echo and 30 per cent off the Echo Dot. The Echo Plus is $169.99, down from $199.99 CAD, and the Echo Dot is $49.99, down from $69.99. The Canadian version of Alexa offers a new English voice with a Canadian accent (curious to find out which province they used as the basis) and over 10,000 skills from companies like Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, and more will be available this year. Amazon Prime Music has launched for Canadian users as well.

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"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", said Tom Taylor, Senior Vice President, Amazon Alexa.

Amazon Echo Plus includes all the features of Echo but includes a built-in ZigBee smart home hub, allowing you to control Alexa when you're not home, available in Silver, White and Black. Alexa is still unavailable in French, which sounds weird as French is one the two official languages of the country. To address that, Amazon has implemented local knowledge and local skills put together by Canadian developers.

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Prime Music will launch on December 5, with the Echo units starting to ship on the same day. There are a ton of different recipe skills available for Alexa like Allrecipes, which also has an Android app.

In addition to the Echo hardware, Amazon is releasing its Prime Music service to Canada. Prime Music, which features over 1 million songs on demand, is now included with every new and existing Prime membership in Canada.

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