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Alexa in canada
When will Alexa be available in Canada?
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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 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 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.
The holdup is they have to integrate and test the Sonos cloud with the Amazon cloud in Canada and prepare for millions of new possible users. It is an infrastructure thing. It's not a simple matter of flipping a switch.
It won't be millions of new users. I would be surprised if the total number of Sonos One systems in Canada even gets into six figures. (It wasn't being widely sold by Amazon or Best Buy before Christmas, I went into Best Buy and they had only Play:1 available) And they wouldn't all be using Alexa at same time.
Currently on Amazon.ca, the Sonos Play:1 is still outselling the Sonos One, but the Echo is outselling them both, so I don't buy that it's a capacity issue. This is 100% on Sonos and it's very disappointing.
The beta of our Sonos Skill for Alexa is now available in Canada as well, which you can install and use to wirelessly send commands from your Amazon Echo or Dot devices to your Sonos players.
To get started, enable the Sonos skill in your Alexa app.
Please note Amazon Music isn't quite ready on Sonos in Canada. More details can be found here.
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?
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.