Amazon brings Prime, Alexa and Alexa devices to Canada

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Amazon brings Prime, Alexa and Alexa devices to Canada

Amazon Prime Music has launched for Canadian users as well.

After months of rumours, Amazon confirmed that it's now officially launching its Alexa smart assistant to Canada. Not only are Amazon's Echo devices coming up north, third-party devices like the ecobee4 smart thermostate, UE BLAST and MEGABLAST speakers, and FABRIQ Chorus speakers will also be getting Alexa support.

"We're excited to bring [Alexa] to Canada with an experienced designed from the ground up for our Canadian customers", said Amazon Senior VP Tom Taylor in a statement. The Canadian Alexa voice will exactly be the same as that of the local language of the nation. The BMO skill provides an innovative voice service that gives customers access to banking information such as nearby ATM locations, up-to-date foreign exchange rates and information on BMO products and digital channels. As a quick recap, the Echo Dot is the cheapest of all three, while the Echo is smaller and features a removable shell that can come in different materials.

Amazon brings Prime, Alexa and Alexa devices to Canada
Amazon brings Prime, Alexa and Alexa devices to Canada

The cloud-based AI that has been available for years south of the border and featured in commercials with Hollywood celebrities will come to Canada along with Amazon's Echo hardware. The new units have been programmed with Canada-specific knowledge, and boast apps from Canadian developers and businesses, such as Air Canada, CBC, and Bank of Montreal. It will compete with Spotify and Apple Music in the Canadian market with one million songs-and yes, that includes songs by The Tragically Hip.

Echo, Echo Plus, and Echo Dot are available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.ca/echo and will begin shipping December 5. Just add it to your flash briefing lineup to learn everything you need to know about the top trending stories in technology every day in about two minutes.

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