It's official, Amazon's Echo speakers hit Australia in Feb

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This packaged expansion seems to be their theme in 2018, as the company stated both would be coming to Australia and New Zealand early in the new year.

From today, the Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus are available for preorder on the Amazon website. "Voice technology opens the door to many new opportunities for hipages and we are excited to be one of the first transactional skill-based services to integrate with Amazon Alexa in Australia".

New subscribers to Amazon Unlimited will get a free 90-day trial.

Users can also receive the latest jobs by email, giving them more detail of the role they heard on Alexa.

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Amazon's Echo range of smart speakers, which Australians have been hearing about for years, are officially launching Down Under in February.

Westpac said that the "Westpac Banking Skill" will let customers check their account balance, recent spending history, and reward points status using Alexa.

The cloud-powered Alexa service can perform a range of tasks in response to spoken queries, such as answer questions, read news headlines, play music, make calls and control Wi-Fi and Zigbee connected smart home devices. In addition to being sold via Amazon.com.au, they are available from Myer, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Telstra. After that, a monthly subscription will be required to continue to use the service. 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.

Back at CES in 2017, Amazon was declared as the victor of the show by commentators - despite the Seattle firm not being officially present at the event - because of the amount of speakers and other devices on display that were compatible with Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant.

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Amazon's store launch wasn't quite the beacon of digital hope many expected it would be, but don't worry, because the company that made the Kindle the most popular eReader isn't letting go of Australians any time soon.

EnergyAustralia was one of the energy utilities providers to jump on the Alexa bandwagon locally, and announced a skill for customers to check and manage their electricity and gas accounts.

George Frazis, Chief Executive, Consumer Bank said: "We know our customers want a seamless banking experience that fits with their needs and complements their lifestyles".

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