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Alexa in canada
When will Alexa be available in Canada?
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You may need to use a smart proxy to appear as though you are in the USA - about 4-5 per month. At present you will not be able to use any of the local functions as you cannot set a Canadian address in Alexa
So we have to live in hope. I am quite pleased with how well both Echo and Dot are doing standalone with Amazon Prime Music, I have to say.
But given the proximity, Canada ought to be a simpler latching on action by Sonos, I should imagine.
It seems that this can be done for Sonos speakers located in India as well. If so, with Amazon having officially released the Alexa app in India ten days ago, and having commenced shipping Echo/Dot from Amazon India, I fail to understand why my Alexa app is missing Sonos Skills. Sonos claims to be "working hard" to provide this. What work is involved, if I can obtain voice control here in India just by hacks like the above?
Just ordered a sonos one and I just moved to Canada. I still have my US amazon account but I thought I'd be able to use my new Canadian Amazon account.. is it not working yet ? echos are being sold already in canada !
I guess the idea is that sometime in dec we can use canadian accounts? It's interesting that Sonos is selling directly the one in canada but make no mention of this alexa shortcoming while you order. Not that I care honestly but a reassuring note would be nice. They have one for spotify... 🙂
We're excited to see Alexa support in Canada and are going through the engineering work and testing to bring support to Sonos. We are committed to bringing Alexa voice control to Sonos in Canada in early 2018.
I was able to install it by "moving" to the US from https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=202205900
When moving back to Canada, the skill still works so far.
I just discovered another issue though I suspect it has been raised here but I haven't delved into till now. When skills are enabled and Sonos speakers are linked to Alexa, ALL of those playing duck and drop volume when the wake word is uttered even for a command that does not expect a response from Sonos. So if a standalone Echo in one room hears a wake word, a Sonos speaker playing in another room also drops its volume. Very distracting for that room.
For now, I have disabled the Skills and delinked Sonos because there is no benefit at this time.
More so, because unless Prime Music service is added to Sonos as a valid choice, it will not play via Alexa commands. Even though the service is released in India and WILL play via a command for a standalone Echo.
I think that Sonos launched Alexa and Sonos One prematurely even in the US. Witness for example the many complaints from those with the One with as simple a matter as mic sensitivity. I say simple only because in comparison, the same work fine on Echo/Dot devices. And the Alexa on Sonos One is a beta. So I can't see much happening outside the US, till the US voice services are stabilised.
By the way, India, where Amazon launched Alexa/Echo on November 1, a month before Canada, does not even get the consolation bone of "Early 2018".
Apple probably did the wise thing and pushed out its HomePods launch to 2018, even at the cost of missing the 2017 year end shopping season sales.
I started to post a lot on Echotalks.org and got them to open up a separate Category for the support for the Canadians using Echo.
I encourage Sonos to proceed with the Canadian skills roll out like others have such as Harmony. I did get Sonos to work through Harmony Hub and Alexa but it was a bit complex.
However, some users might want to setup the Echo as a US device like I did where you can have the best of the US features as well as Canadian local awareness. Through this method I also got the Sonos skill to work quite well. Now I can just ask Alexa to play any song on My kitchen sonos.
You can see more details at the link below or just go to Echotalk.org and look for the Maple Leaf Canadian Support section.