Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Technology | By Christopher Mann

Google Home effect: Amazon Echo, Echo Dot gets limited time period discount

Google Home effect: Amazon Echo, Echo Dot gets limited time period discount

Following the launch of Google Home and Home Mini smart speakers, Amazon made a compelling argument for consumers to choose its Echo series smart speakers by slashing their prices in India for a limited period of time. Google has launched the Home in India for Rs 9,999 while its teensy Home Mini will cost buyers in India Rs 4,499. Buying two Echo Dot speakers, will meanwhile, get you a discount of Rs 1,000.

Amazon's Echo smart speakers were launched in India a year ago.

Amazon has been successfully selling its smart speakers in India for a while now. Two Echo speakers can meanwhile be purchased for Rs 16,998 under the scheme. To counter this new release by Google, Amazon has put up a discount of Rs 2,000 on the purchase of two Echo Dot speakers. With the 30% discount, the Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus were priced at Rs. 3,149, Rs. 6,999 and Rs. 10,499 respectively.

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Amazon tells us the speakers are expected to start shipping out to Canadian customers in two weeks, on April 25.

Without the special offer, the Amazon Echo Dot is available at a price point of Rs. 4,499 and the Echo is available for Rs. 9,999. Only the purchases made from "Cloud Connect SLP" or "Estore mall" sellers are eligible for this discount offer. The Amazon Echo landed on the Indian shores on October 31, 2017, and it came with 11,000 skills. Now, all three devices are available for purchase without a need for any invitation. Amazon has since revised the pricing, as well as the launch offers.

But where the Echo really trumps the Home is via its long list of skills - that Amazon keeps growing each day - and smarter home integration. The device also supports free audio calls to Canada, the United States of America and Mexico, while also control your compatible smart home devices.

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Coming to the Echo Dot speaker, it is a hands-free, voice controlled device that is powered by Alexa and uses the same far-field voice recognition as Echo. Amazon is continually working towards adding more skills and content specific to India. So far. It does now, in the form of the Google Home.

The smart home speakers will be available for purchase online on Flipkart and at over 750 retail stores.

The introductory offer also includes bundling a free Reliance Jio Wi-Fi router with the speakers. Customers buying any of the two - via Flipkart - will be entitled to get a free JioFi router; the offer is valid until April 30.

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