Amazon Echo devices now available for offline purchase in India

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The Echo Dot is available for Rs 4,499, while the Echo costs Rs 9,999, and Echo Plus costs Rs 14,999. "Your contacts will hear your name when they get incoming calls on their Echo devices (and also see it on the Alexa App), so they know who is calling", Amazon explained in a press release.

Amazon will soon sell its Echo range of smart speakers offline, according to reports. On Thursday, the company announced that the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus speakers, which are all powered by Alexa, are now widely available for purchase by all customers in India. The Amazon Echo Dot, Amazon Echo, and Amazon Echo Plus will now be available to all customers in India. The ability to add family members to your Amazon account isn't available in India just yet, but Amazon will likely roll out the feature shortly. To use this feature, all you need is an Echo smart speaker or the latest version of Alexa app on your smartphone. Echo devices, in simple terms, are voice-controlled speakers and are basically designed around the user's voice. In order to make or receive using Alexa, users will first need to have supported Echo devices or the free Alexa app on their Android or iOS mobile phones.

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The Drop-In feature also turns your Echo into an intercom allowing you to call into an Echo device in another room.

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You can also set permissions for who gets to drop in on your Echo device. In the offline channel, Amazon has tied up with over 350 retail outlets across 20 cities in India, including the likes of Reliance Digital, Croma, Crossword and more. For those buying the Amazon Echo Plus online and at select retail outlets, Amazon is offering a Philips Hue bulb free. "Since Alexa runs in the cloud, she is always getting smarter - the Alexa experience in India continues to evolve with new features, even better speech recognition, new localised skills, expanded music selection, and more".

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