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Amazon to Allow Customers to Pay Bills Online or Else by Voice

The report said that Amazon first embedded the payment function within Alexa in 2017 and added ability to make charitable donations

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The new feature will allow users to get notifications through Alexa when their bills are due and to ask questions about the bill amount or how it compares with prior ones, news portal Marketwatch.com reported on Sunday. Wikimedia Commons

Amazon has said that employing its Alexa voice assistant the company would be partnering with fintech company Paymentus to add a feature which will allow customers to pay bills online or else by voice.

The US e-commerce giant made the announcement at the Money 20/20 financial technology conference.

The new feature will allow users to get notifications through Alexa when their bills are due and to ask questions about the bill amount or how it compares with prior ones, news portal Marketwatch.com reported on Sunday.

The report said that Amazon first embedded the payment function within Alexa in 2017 and added ability to make charitable donations through Amazon Pay and Alexa in 2018.

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The US e-commerce giant made the announcement at the Money 20/20 financial technology conference. Wikimedia Commons

Recently, Amazon India announced that users can now simply call out to their Amazon Alexa smart speaker to make an instant payment of a utility bill from their Amazon Pay mobile wallet.

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This new Alexa feature supports payment of bills across categories such as electricity, water, post-paid mobile, cooking gas, broadband and DTH among other utility payments. (IANS)

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Amazon Echo Input Portable Smart Speaker Launched in India: Report

Users can also view, hear, and delete your voice recordings at Alexa Privacy Settings or in the Alexa app at any time

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Amazon Echo led the Indian smart speakers market with 59 per cent share in 2018. (Representational image). Pixabay

Amazon India on Wednesday launched Echo Input Portable, its portable voice-controlled smart speaker with a big 4,800 mAh rechargeable battery, in the country for Rs 4,999.

Echo Input Portable is available for pre-order on Amazon India with a black fabric design.

According to the company, the smart speaker is designed to be carried around your home and the battery delivers 10 hours of continuous music playback on a single charge.

“Customers in India love Alexa, and told us that they wanted a hands-free experience that could move from room-to-room. This was the inspiration behind Echo Input Portable, and we cannot wait to see how our Indian customers enjoy the flexibility of this portable smart speaker in their homes,” Parag Gupta, Head of Amazon Devices India, told reporters here.

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The application processes questions from a human voice and provides recommendations on the precise sizing of medical devices. Pixabay

The Echo Input Portable comes with 360-degree audio and thus, lets users access Alexa from anywhere in the room using the same far-field voice recognition.

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The device is built with multiple layers of privacy controls, including a microphone off button that electronically disconnects the microphones.

Users can also view, hear, and delete your voice recordings at Alexa Privacy Settings or in the Alexa app at any time. (IANS)