Air New Zealand says kia ora to Alexa

Air New Zealand says kia ora to Alexa

Today, customers in these markets can pre-order three different Echo devices.

It's no secret that Amazon wants its Alexa voice assistant to be in as many places around the home as possible. Amazon Music Unlimited now has a catalog of more than 45 million songs, and its cheapest subscription plan is priced at $4.99 AUD a month. The version of Alexa launched will also be catered specifically for Australia and New Zealand, where it will come loaded with knowledge about the local areas, as well as skills created by local developers.

"It is hard to see otherwise than that Amazon's entry into Australia will be good for consumers, despite it not being good for incumbent retailers", Sims said, addressing the RBB Economics forum in late November.

After confirming that the company's flagship smart speaker range would be coming to Australian customers in 2018, Amazon has now opened local preorders for their Echo smart speaker range ahead of an official February launch.

The devices will ship from Amazon in early February, and will also be available at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Telstra and Myer.

You can get a $30 discount on all of the voice-controlled Echo speakers featuring Alexa - Echo Dot ($49), Echo ($119) and Echo Plus ($199) - if you buy them here.

Air New Zealand is set to become one of the first airlines in Australasia to launch on Amazon's digital assistant Alexa.

Major bank Westpac has been working with ecommerce giant Amazon to install banking services on Alexa for Australian consumers.

"It's still early days for having conversations with your technology, but we're continuing to discover new ways to adapt and integrate that into our daily lives", he said. Music fans in both countries will have access to a catalogue of more than 45 million songs and hundreds of playlists and personalized stations. Smart hardware will arrive to customers starting on the above date. The country has been behind the smart home curve, though research firm Telsyte predicts that by 2021 the average household will have 14 smart home products connected.

The new feature allows users to link Alexa to their Dimmi account, enabling voice reservations at more than 4000 restaurants. It has some competition from Google, with the Google Assistant-powered Home launching in Australia past year.

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