BMO Introduces New Voice-Enabled Skill for Amazon Alexa

Amazon brings the Echo Show to the UK giving Alexa a video screen

Amazon has made a huge announcement today-as its voice assistant Alexa has finally launched in Canada.

BMO is announcing the launch of the BMO skill for Amazon Alexa in Canada. Now since you can't take your Echo or Echo Dot with you to the grocery store, you will want to download the Amazon Alexa app, which will show you your list. Well, apparently another company figured this out as Speak Music, a San Jose based company, have just announced the Muse, a $49 Dot for your vehicle.

Alexa in Canada, according to Amazon, delivers an "all-new experience", with a new English voice with Canadian accent (eh!), including local knowledge and skills.

Though Amazon has quickly expanded some of its services around the globe, such as Prime Video, the company is taking its time with Alexa.

Amazon expects 10,000 skills to be available to Canadian users this year, "including skills from Air Canada, TD Bank, TELUS, CBC, The Weather Network, Bank of Montreal, Manulife, Aviva, Yellow Pages, and more".




The next generation Amazon Echo and the Echo Plus, which is equipped with a built-in smart home hub. Alexa is still unavailable in French, which sounds weird as French is one the two official languages of the country.

Prime Music will launch on December 5, with the Echo units starting to ship on the same day. This includes the Canadian launch of the ecobee4 smart thermostat for $329, while the Schlage Sense touchscreen deadbolt now also supports Alexa for $221.

In addition to the Echo hardware, Amazon is releasing its Prime Music service to Canada. Prime Music consists of over 1 million songs on demand and is now included with all existing and new Prime membership in Canada.

If you're a Canadian resident, you can pre-order all three Echo products, with the regular Echo going for $100 CDN.

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