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Yesterday, Amazon announced Echos would now ship to a total of 30 countries. This is a multi-fold expansion of where they would ship before and that Amazon may be positioning itself to be more than US-centric.

What could the implications of this expansion be?

  • Amazon will be able to collect much more data (voice samples, network usage, home automation support, etc.)
  • It could expand it’s Alexa Calling support to a worldwide network
  • These devices could serve as a very large distributed network for AWS. Can Echo users get credit back for this?
  • Will this slow adoption of Apple Music / Apple HomePod into these countries? (The announcement comes together with an Amazon Music Unlimited rollout)

The good thing about this announcement is that it will help bring voice-first adoption to more countries faster.

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