Echo and other Alexa speakers are now officially available in India


You can also set permissions for who gets to drop in on your Echo device.

To use Alexa calling or messaging, first you will need to sign up for the service through the Alexa application. The e-commerce giant has confirmed that their entire Amazon Echo lineup will now be available in the offline market too. For the uninitiated, the Drop-in feature makes it possible to make calls, send voice, text messages Echo devices of your friends and family. Select, and you will be done.

"To shop with Alexa, customers must ask Alexa to order a product and then confirm the purchase with a "yes" response to purchase via voice", the statement read. The app will access your contacts, and periodically update to the cloud, and find out of the person has an Echo device or not. VIZIO 4K Ultra HD display users with an Alexa-enabled device can now conveniently control volume, channel and input settings, as well as turn their VIZIO display on and off using only their voice.

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I tried making a call back home from the office, and it was an ok experience.

In addition to controlling their VIZIO SmartCast displays with Amazon Alexa, consumers with VIZIO SmartCast TV-enabled displays can also browse and launch content directly from their displays with their remote. My home internet has less than 1 Mbps speed, so as of now, I have my doubts on the connection, but it works.

The Echo speakers have also received support for English (India) to go along with English (English (Australia), English (Canada) English (UK), English (US), German, and Japanese), but so far they seemingly don't support Hindi, which will limit the potential audience for the Echo in India. The ability to add people to My household isn't available in India yet, but Amazon is expected to roll out the feature shorty.

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Currently, over 12,000 skills available for users in India, as the company claims, and it seems, Amazon is planning towards bringing more and more skills to the Echo devices in the days to come. However, it is mostly used as Music Streaming device, and less for getting queries answered.

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