Amazon's Alexa is Now Available in Canada

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It's being introduced for $49.99 and its regular price is $69.99.

Finally, Amazon has expanded its Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) so that developers around the world to build voice experiences for Alexa customers in Canada. Amazon says over 10,000 skills will be available for Canadians from companies like Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more.

The Amazon Echo has rapidly evolved into the centre of the smart home, not only letting you ask questions of the Alexa personal assistant that lurks within, but play music, quiz your calendar, turn on your lights, check the fuel in your BMW and a whole lot more.

"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. Interestingly, even though Alexa now has a Canadian English voice, there was no mention of a Canadian French option.

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This is one of the latest updates from Amazon over its Echo devices. Even though the U.S. and Canada have English as an official language, the linguistic differences between the two countries could easily confuse Alexa.

Echo devices are available for pre-order today on Amazon.ca for a December 5 launch. To address that, Amazon has implemented local knowledge and local skills put together by Canadian developers. There are a ton of different recipe skills available for Alexa like Allrecipes, which also has an Android app.

Amazon has been encouraging online shoppers to avail of Alexa since it made over 100 exclusive deals available for Alexa users during its third-annual Prime Day sales event on 12 July. Prime Music consists of over 1 million songs on demand and is now included with all existing and new Prime membership in Canada.

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