Thursday, September 15, 2016

Amazon launches its AI-powered speaker Echo in Europe

Amazon
Amazon has announced that Alexa, the brain
 that powers Amazon Echo, is coming 
to the UK, along with two  Alexa-enabled 
devices: Echo and the all-new Echo Dot.
Originally published at  CNBC by  |   |

Amazon launched its voice-controlled speaker, Echo, in the U.K. and Germany on Tuesday as the e-commerce giant looks to place itself at the center of consumers' homes.

Echo is powered by Alexa, Amazon's digital personal assistant, which is like Apple's Siri or Google Now.

Echo is available in the U.K. for £149.99 ($198.01) and in Germany for 179.99 euros ($202.01). In Germany, Amazon is selling Echo by invite only. Amazon Prime members get £50 or 50 euros off.

Users can ask Echo questions, use it to control smart home devices like thermostats, or even use it to order something from Amazon. The device comes in black or white.

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