The brand new Echo Plus.

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Alexa is making some new worldwide pals.

Amazon stated it is beginning to promote a handful of Echo units in India on Wednesday by invitation solely. The corporate stated it additionally plans to deliver the Echo to Japan later this yr.

Amazon is bringing its Echo units, that are powered by its Alexa voice assistant, to India as it really works to develop within the second most-populous nation on this planet and is going through robust competitors from Flipkart, Snapdeal and others. Getting Indian clients to purchase Echo units might assist Amazon convert extra of them to loyal Prime members. Amazon launched its membership service in India final yr.

Japan, in the meantime, has been a precious worldwide marketplace for Amazon for years, with Prime launching within the nation 10 years in the past.

In India, Amazon will promote the brand new Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot. The units will begin delivery within the nation later this month. Echo units have already been accessible on the market within the US, UK and Germany.

Alexa now speaks in American English, British English and English with an Indian accent, in addition to German, relying on which market a buyer is in.

Moreover, with Alexa’s elevated means to grasp context and intent, the voice assistant will be capable of perceive sentences that embody correct nouns in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malyalam, or Punjabi, resembling names of locations, songs and film titles, an Amazon spokeswoman stated Wednesday. 

The worldwide growth was introduced a couple of days after Amazon unveiled a big slate of recent Echo units at an occasion in its Seattle headquarters. The announcement additionally comes a couple of hours earlier than a Google occasion that is anticipated to point out off rival Dwelling good audio system.


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