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Amazon announced that Alexa, the personal assistant behind Amazon Echo and other third-party Alexa-enabled devices, is coming to Ireland. Since January 25th, Irish customers can purchase Amazon Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot from Amazon.co.uk.
Amazon says that “this launch opens up new opportunities for Alexa developers based in Ireland and worldwide to reach new customers in the region.” Popular Irish brands have already created voice experiences for Alexa, including RTE News, Irish RadioPlayer, and Ryanair. Alexa skills published in Ireland will be available to customers from the Alexa UK Skills Store.
“Hardware manufacturers can also start developing Alexa-enabled products for Irish customers with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS)”, says Amazon. Smart Home brands such as IKEA, Netatmo, Hive, Lightwave and Energenie have all announced that they are bringing their Alexa-enabled products to Ireland.