Amazon's Alexa and Echo available in India, coming to Japan
Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) said Wednesday that Alexa, the Echo, Echo Plus and the Echo Dot voice-controlled speakers are available in India by invitation. The devices will start shipping in India later this month. And both Alexa and the Echo will be available in Japan later this year. Amazon is also expanding its Alexa Skills Kit and the Alexa Voice Service, said Tom Taylor, senior vice president of Amazon Alexa in a statement, making it possible for developers and hardware creators to make localized Alexa experiences for Indian and Japanese customers. Amazon shares are down 0.4% in premarket trading, and up 27.6% for the year so far. The S&P 500 index is up 13.2% for 2017 to date and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 14.6% for the period.
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