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On Thursday, the company announced that the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Plus speakers, which are all powered by Alexa, are now widely available for purchase by all customers in India.

The Echo and Alexa users in the country will now be able to call or message other Echo and Alexa users for free. To make and receive calls using Alexa, users need to have supported Echo devices or the free Alexa app on their Android or iOS mobile phones.

But things weren't quite so straightforward for one Amazon Echo owner - after an advert for the smart speaker triggered their own device and left them with an unwanted order for cat food.

The feature, called 'Your Voice, ' can be set up by saying the following phrase to Amazon's voice-activated assistant, "Alexa, who am I?"

It's a server-side update, so nothing has to be done from your side, except that you need to update the Alexa App. You can do it by tapping the conversations icon in the bottom of the application.

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Amazon has also introduced the multi-room music feature, which will let users play and control music across multiple Echo devices at the same time. Drop-in enables room-to-room calling.

An Amazon spokesman said adverts are "digitally marked" to prevent them triggering other Echo devices.

Another great feature making its way to the Echo smart speakers is the multi-room music.

And then there's the issue of people visiting yaour home and playing around with your Echo device by shouting "Alexa" at it repeatedly. The addition of a skill for Alexa to the SmartCast platform gives consumers with Alexa-enabled devices simple, hands-free control of key entertainment features on their VIZIO SmartCast display. Once the group is created, simply say "Alexa, play Despacito everywhere".

To recall, Amazon launched its Echo devices in India back in October previous year, but to be able to purchase these devices, customers had to wait for an invite. Using the voice-controlled Alexa, you can also set up routines to perform a series of actions from a single voice command, shop on Amazon using voice, and choose from over 12,000 skills for the connected experience.

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