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According to Dave Limp, Senior Vice President at Amazon's Devices & Services division, "tens of millions of customers are already using Alexa, and today we're excited to bring her to Australia with a localised experience designed for our Australian customers".

It's no secret that Amazon wants its Alexa voice assistant to be in as many places around the home as possible.

Amazon has also announced that its "Amazon Music Unlimited" service will also be available in Australia from February 1st, 2018.

After being given access to the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) and Alexa Voice Service (AVS) in December, developers from local organisations have launched their respective offerings in line with Thursday's announcement from Amazon.

Amazon Music has announced that the Amazon Music Unlimited service will become available in Australia and New Zealand starting 1 February. For a limited time, you can get the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus for $119, $49 and $199, respectively.

The devices will ship from Amazon in early February, and will also be available at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Telstra and Myer.




These are just some examples of Alexa integration, there are literally hundreds more - while Google Home got the jump on this space past year in Australia it's very clear Amazon is coming in at full speed.

From your bank balance to your mobile balance and your smart home devices there's a range of Aussie options to integrate with Amazon's Alexa at launch.

SEEK is among some of the first Australian brands, and the first Australian employment marketplace, to build Alexa skills in Australia.

Following the much anticipated, closely analyzed launch of Amazon in Australia, the company is finally gearing up to introduce Amazon Music to the country.

Time will tell if smart home novices will spurn their iPad for watching their favourite TV show or seeing the news on a small, circular screen, but hey, who doesn't like to start their day with a singalong? But when linked to other smart gadgets it can be transformed into the central hub of your smart home, allowing you to control nearly anything in your house via voice command. There will reportedly be three Music Unlimited plans to choose from: the Echo Plan, the Individual Plan and the Family Plan. It has some competition from Google, with the Google Assistant-powered Home launching in Australia a year ago.

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