Amazon Echo is to launch in the UK and Germany this autumn with prices set at £149.99 for the UK and €179.99 in Germany.
In the UK Amazon will work with a number of partners to deliver content, including Radio Player, Just Eat, Skyscanner, and Spotify. Relatively new additions for the UK include Sky News, Sky Sports, the Guardian and the Telegraph, Travel updates from Network Rail and recipes from a Jamie Oliver branded service.
Far be it from me to be sniffy about the included services, but the Guardian and Telegraph coupled with Jamie Oliver it does suggest that Amazon are aiming to appeal to a certain demographic with Echo.
Global developers are also building skills for customers in the UK including BMW, Fitbit, Honeywell, Nest, Netatmo, Osram LIGHTIFY, Philips Hue, SmartThings, tado°, TP-Link, TuneIn, WeMo, and more. From early next year, hardware makers can integrate the Alexa Voice Service into their devices for UK Customers, for free.
Amazon also announced an all-new Echo Dot. Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice controlled device that is powered by Alexa and uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Directly connect Echo Dot to speakers with an audio cable or via Bluetooth, and add voice-control to your home stereo system. Plus, with its small built-in speaker, you can place Echo Dot in the bedroom and use it as a smart alarm clock, or in any room as a voice assistant to control smart home devices, and more. Echo Dot will retail at £49.99 and extends Echo to more rooms in your house.
There is a £50/€50 discount for any Amazon Prime subscribers that pre-order before 5pm on the 16th of September (This coming Friday).
Amazon are indicating that the first shipments will be delivered in just two weeks time on the 28th of September so you could get your hands on a UK version of Echo in just two weeks time.