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

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

Interestingly the Google Home and Home Mini come with a similar price tag of Rs 9,999 and Rs 4,499 respectively. The announcement comes about the same time Google is launching its Home smart speakers in India.

Google launched the Home and Home Mini speakers in India at very competitive prices, pitting them against the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot.

As part of the offer, a Rs. 1,000 discount is applicable on the purchase of two Amazon Echo Dots in the same order, while a Rs. 3,000 discount is applicable on purchase of two units of the Amazon Echo with the same condition. The offer is valid from April 06, 2018 to April 12, 2018.

Previously also Amazon had been selling the Echo Dot, Echo and Echo Plus at the discounted prices of Rs 3,149, Rs 6,999 and Rs 10,499 respectively. While Google hasn't launched the Google Max in India yet, Amazon have already taken steps to counter Google's entry into India's smart speaker market.

Should you whisper around your Amazon Echo, lest it whisper back to you? "The discount is eligible only on orders made from "Estore mall" or Cloud connect_SLP" sellers on Amazon.in. However, back then, the speakers were available only through the company's invitation. Amazon has since revised the pricing, as well as the launch offers.

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During the launch, all three variants of the Echo had limited functionality in India.

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. Amazon is continually working towards adding more skills and content specific to India. In fact, as the company wearily repeats nearly weekly, Echo devices do not, and can not, send voice recordings back to Amazon unless they have heard one of the preselected "wake words", such as "Alexa", "Echo" or "computer". "It understands Indian accents and will respond to users with uniquely Indian contexts", Google vice-president of product management and general manager of Home products Rishi Chandra said.

The introductory offer also includes bundling a free Reliance Jio Wi-Fi router with the speakers.

"When buying a Google "Home" at Reliance Digital or MyJio stores, you get a free JioFi router with 100GB of high-speed 4G data (worth Rs 2,499)", the company said in a statement. This offer will also last until April 30.

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