Amazon to launch 'Kiwi' echo speakers

Randolph Lopez
January 18, 2018

Amazon is also a big-time newcomer in Australia in general, having only taken its first orders in the country late previous year. Amazon has included a brand new voice for the Alexa Australia and New Zealand edition, with local knowledge and skills built by Australian developers.

Amazon Music will be available in Australia on iOS, Android, PC, Mac and on any web browser.

Alexa, Amazon's digital voice assistant, is finally here.

Westpac customers can now access their account balance, recent spending history, and reward points status with Alexa, while NAB allows customers to drill the device about their latest deposits and payments in and out of their accounts.

"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 says.

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"As more people adopt innovative voice-activated technologies in an increasingly mobile world, we are excited to be one of the leaders in this space providing secure, easy to use, cutting edge banking services for our customers".

NAB executive general manager digital & innovation Jonathan Davey says: "We'll continue to analyse customer use and test new experiences with customers to determine how we continue to provide new features and functionality". Customers will also be able to obtain a financial market update.

Just select Finance News from Westpac via the Alexa app and then ask, "Alexa, what's the news?"

The entire Echo range will also be carried through retailers JB Hi-Fi, Telstra, Myer and Officeworks.

"This is a continuation of the commitment we have to invest in technology solutions that will connect Australians to the most up to date employment market and job information, to enable them to make informed career decisions". The Echo devices will be localised for Australia, from Alexa sounding like an Aussie or Kiwi, to recognising our various local accents, as well as providing local news bulletins, weather forecasts, sports scores and surf reports.

AGL and EnergyAustralia are both releasing services for Alexa. Customers will also be able to manage a range of account services, Amaysim said.

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