Alexa, the Intelligent personal assistant from Amazon is finally available in India and it work FANTASTIC. I was gifted an Echo Dot by a friend of mine in the US almost a year back. At that time, I wasn’t able to get much done with it in India since the services were not available here. With a few tweaks, it could do a few things but not very interesting. Now since the Echo is available in India I retrieved the device from a shelf where it was gathering dust and re-configured it. Initially it didn’t allow me to select “English (India)” as the primary language, however in a few hours I received an update and it was ready to rock.
The way you can teach Alexa different “skills” using its companion app on an android or iOS device is simply amazing. A simple implementation of a very complex task. The whole gamut of things that Echo is able to answer and respond to in amazing. Amazon has tied up with apps like Savaan, Zomato, Ola, Uber, Tarla Dalal, Sanjeev Kapoor (A famous Chef), goibibo and many others. It allows you to access the services of these apps using voice over Echo. Try it.