Echo and other Alexa speakers are now officially available in India

Echo and other Alexa speakers are now officially available in India

VIZIO 4K Ultra HD display users with an Alexa-enabled device can now conveniently control volume, channel and input settings, as well as turn their VIZIO display on and off using only their voice. If able to recognise your voice, Alexa will respond with your name. To do this, users need to have supported-Echo devices or the free Alexa app on their Android or iOS mobile phones. Would you like to buy it?'. The Echo speakers are priced between Rs 4500 and Rs 15000 - the Echo Dot costs Rs 4499, the Echo costs Rs 9999 and the Echo Plus costs Rs 14999. They cancelled the order before it arrived.

It can be used for a wide range of tasks, including ordering groceries or a takeaway online, giving a weather report, ordering an Uber taxi, announcing the latest football scores and playing music or podcasts. It will ask who you are, and if the Echo device is registered under your account, your profile should be listed there.

Bosses at the tech firm said there were measures in place to "prevent its ads from interacting with the devices of their customers".

"We understood that it would not be possible for a purchase to be made without the account owner's knowledge, even in instances where technology, meant to stop ads interacting with devices, had not been effective", the regulator said in its decision.

'We concluded that the ad was not socially irresponsible and did not breach the Code'.

In January 2017, there was a spate of such incidents in the USA involving Amazon Echo devices.

The advert, which aired in October, featured a man asking Amazon's voice assistant Alexa to order Purina cat food.

Unfortunately, the prices aren't as approachable as when the Echos were still in their beta phase in India, and you don't get the free one year of Amazon Prime subscription either, which makes them a lot less appealing now, but at least they're officially available should you want to grab one.

The devices overheard a television news anchor on CW6 in San Diego talking about a child who managed to order a doll's house and a tin of cookies from Alexa because the family had not activated parental controls on their Echo device.