Amazon Echo is now officially on sale in the UK

amazon-echo-homeAmazon’s brand new Echo device is now officially on sale in the UK with delivery across the country available as early as tomorrow (sooner if you’re in a Prime Now area). Those who pre-ordered the device will receive it today and I’m eagerly anticipating delivery of my Echo as Amazon have promised it’ll arrive today.

There have been Echo’s on sale in the UK, but these have been imported US versions. The UK version has a new “English” rather than “US English” Alexa voice and has different skills tailored for the UK market including support for Philips Hue, Hive and Netatmo home automation devices.

Alexa is capable of playing music and audiobooks, streaming podcasts, answering questions, making to-do lists, setting alarms and providing weather, traffic, train times, ordering an Uber and feeding you with food ordered from Just Eat.

I’m currently not convinced that my home is ready for Alexa, mainly because the technology to fully automate my house doesn’t appear to be quite up to scratch yet. Nevertheless I’m looking forward to unboxing my Echo and will report back later on first impressions.

Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation) devices are due to ship on the 20th October. They’re a cut down version of Echo that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms. The speakers are a bit naff (although you can connect external speakers) but it’s an ideal lower cost way have adding Echo technology to more rooms in your house such as bedrooms and the kitchen. Amazon Echo retails at £149.99 but the Echo Dot will save you a hundred quid and retails at £49.99.

Will you (or have you already) ordered an Amazon Echo? If not are you tempted?