Amazon launches Alexa in Canada with Echo devices, Prime Music

Amazon Echo Show on sale in the UK. Amazon TG

The retail giant said today that Amazon's digital brain, as well as its Prime Music service are available now in Canada.

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.

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

"Music plays such an important role in our customers' lives, and we're excited to provide an even better Prime experience for Canada with the launch of Prime Music", Mike Strauch, Country Manager for Amazon Canada, said in the press release.

Echo Dot - the compact device that is created to extend Alexa into multiple rooms, or connect with a better speaker, is available in black and white. Amazon says over 10,000 skills will be available for Canadians from companies like Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more.

Now customers can pre-order their Amazon Echo devices from Amazon Canada whose shipping will begin on December 5th. To address that, Amazon has implemented local knowledge and local skills put together by Canadian developers. "The combination of music and natural language voice controls with Alexa, paired with playlists and stations developed uniquely for our customers, further highlights the value of Amazon Prime membership". It's being introduced for $49.99 and its regular price is $69.99.

The Amazon Echo has forged a new category of device, beating the likes of Google, Microsoft and Apple into this connected space, and offering a device that's not only convenient, but a lot of fun too, because it's so simple to use.

Alexa also has a new English voice with a Canadian accent.

Echo Plus - The recently-introduced sequel to the original Echo features all the Alexa features, plus ZigBee wireless smart home connections.