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

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The Echo Dot, meanwhile, is a great way to add Alexa's skills to an existing hi-fi setup, or to use in other rooms around the house, so you can bark commands from your bed and get Alexa to respond.

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. Over 10,000 skills will be available for customers in Canada this year, including skills from Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more.

Amazon launched its Alexa virtual assistant and smart device platform in Canada today.

Echo Plus - The recently-introduced sequel to the original Echo features all the Alexa features, plus ZigBee wireless smart home connections. The Canadian Alexa voice will exactly be the same as that of the local language of the nation. Even though the United States and Canada have English as an official language, the linguistic differences between the two countries could easily confuse Alexa. This includes the Canadian launch of the ecobee4 smart thermostat for $329, while the Schlage Sense touchscreen deadbolt now also supports Alexa for $221.

Customers in Canada can begin streaming Prime Music within the Amazon Music app for iOS, Android, Mac, PC, Fire TV Stick Basic Edition and on any Web browser.

There a variety of genres available on Prime Music, plus mixes exclusively featuring Canadian artists, such as "Made in Canada: Rock and Alternative", to "Quebec Country Now", "Acoustic Commute", and "Chanteuse Québécoise.".

Echo devices are available for pre-order today on Amazon.ca for a December 5 launch. That changes today, when the retail giant announced that, alongside Alexa, it has launched Prime Music and its trio of Echo products in Canada.

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