In this demo, I take you through setting up my Amazon Echo Dot via the Amazon Alexa app now that the Echo is officially supported in Australia as of Feb 1 2018.
I must say though, I prefer using the alexa.amazon.com website rather than the iOS app as sometimes I find double tapping with VoiceOver doesn't work and I have better access to the webpages with VoiceOver on the Mac using Safari than I do using the Amazon Alexa app with VoiceOver.
I still don't understand why Audible is not accessible here in Australia, only Kindle books.
I hope Amazon improves the English Australia voice for reading Kindle books, it pauses far to much.
In this podcast, I give you a brief demo of the English Australia voice of the Amazon Echo which is about to be officially released in Australia as of Feb 1 2018.
In the meantime, if you do have an Amazon Echo in Australia and you would like to use the new English Australia voice, go to
Choose the Settings tab, choose your Echo, choose Language, and in the language pop-up select English Australia.
The Australian voice Unfortunately pauses between paragraphs when reading a Kindle book after I posted this podcast, and even worse, I have now learnt that Amazon will not be allowing audible.com books to be accessed in Australia, which doesn't make sense since the service is here anyway.
The Amazon Alexa app is in the Australian iOS App Store.
The Remember This skill for the Amazon Echo is an excellent list generator for doing up my weekly shopping list.
I use it as a throw away weekly list - adding items through out the week and then using this list to check my final shopping list that I use when I go shopping.
Disabling and re-enabling the skill after the weekly shopping, gives me a fresh new list to start the next week.
Deleting items by number in the list (if not required) I find is a lot more effective rather than trying to get the voice recognition to recognise the item I wish to delete.
Very easy skill to use: aDD item, Delete item, List, Help, and stop or Goodbye.
As the Amazon Echo is not officially supported in Australia either via the Android or iOs stores, I decided to do this demo on setting up an Amazon Echo via the alexa.amazon.com website.
For thos of us in not yet supported country's, this will at least get you up and running with an Amazon Echo, and of course, if you want to buy an echo, they are certainly available on eBay.
In this demo, I take you through a number of common tasks between Google Home which is officially supported in Australia and the Amazon Echo which is not.