We suspected it was happening and now Amazon has confirmed that the Amazon Echo and smaller Echo Dot is coming to the UK (and Germany), the first release outside of the U.S. for the e-commerce giant’s voice-controlled speaker and smart home hub.
The UK version is powered by a fully localised “Alexa”, Amazon’s voice-powered assistant, including British accent, apparently. Alexa can answer questions, play music, read news, shop on your behalf, and a lot more.
This functionality is referred to as “skills” and enables third party developers, such as Uber, Spotify, and Just Eat, to receive commands via Echo.
It also serves as a cloud-connected smart home hub, for controlling a range of third-party smart home devices, including those sold by Philips Hue, WeMo, Netatmo, Tado and Hive.
Amazon Echo is available for pre-order in the UK starting today for £149.99. It will start shipping in the coming weeks, says Amazon. For a couple of days, Prime members in the UK can pick up an Echo for £50 less.
The new Amazon Echo Dot will be available starting next month. It will be priced at £49.99. Or you can choose a 6-pack, which means buy 5, or a 12-pack, which gets you 2 free.
Echo and Echo Dot will also be available in the UK at Argos, Currys, John Lewis, PC World, and Tesco.