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Amazon; not just selling goods but running a $1.5 billion web service industry too

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

A major revelation by Amazon about its web services business has brought it at par with global web giants like Microsoft, Google and IBM, even dwarfing some.

For the first time the company has talked openly about its web services, a topic it avoided discussing till now.

According to the information released by the firm, Amazon web services’ business includes $1.5 billion as net sales and $265 million as profits. Amazon web services have over a million customers and counts companies like Dropbox, Spotify, Netflix, and even the CIA as its clients.

One of the main features of Amazon web services, apart from powering websites, is their tool, Amazon Machine Learning. The tools use technology that helps computers to guess human choices. Started in 2006, the web services of Amazon have a market share of 27% as compared to Microsoft’s 10%.

CEO and founder Jeff Bezos has called Amazon a $5 billion business that is still accelerating.

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Echo Input- New Device by Amazon Now Available in India

The device adds to the Echo Dot, Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Spot and Echo Sub family of Amazon products

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Amazon on Thursday announced the availability of its new device — Echo Input — that would enable users to add Alexa support to their existing speakers via an audio cable or Bluetooth, for Rs 2,999 in India.

The device features a four-microphone arrangement to allow users to talk to Alexa from across the room using the Alexa app that is available on both, iOS and Android, the company said in a statement.

Using the device, users would be able to add their speakers to a new or existing multi-room music group and adjust volume parameters using voice commands.

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The Amazon warehouse in San Fernando de Henares is seen during a 3-day walkout to demand better wages and working conditions, on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain. VOA

“With Echo Input, we are giving users even more options to choose the best Echo device for their needs and adding it to your existing speakers is the easiest way to begin your voice-first experience with Alexa,” said Jayshree Gururaj, Director, Amazon Devices.

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The device adds to the Echo Dot, Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Spot and Echo Sub family of Amazon products.

The company also announced that in addition to Amazon Prime Music, Saavn and TuneIn, users can listen to music from Hungama and Gaana as well, which are now available on Alexa starting Thursday.  (IANS)