Alexa-enabled Echo speakers are available for pre-order in Australia and will begin shipping from February. 9NEWS technology expert Trevor Long gives his verdict on the Amazon product and its chief rival, Google Home.
There's a new wave of technology sweeping the globe and it's blowing right across Australia right now - Personal Voice Assistants.
Six years ago Apple launched their Siri voice assistant. Built into your phone, she was able to respond to simple commands like "set a reminder" or "what is the weather in Melbourne" and even make phone calls.
An announcement today confirmed the Amazon Echo will be available in stores around Australia, priced at $149 (Supplied).
Not to be outdone, some of the biggest tech companies in the world got started on their own. Amazon's Alexa was launched in 2014. Paired with a small device you sit in your home, Alexa is always listening to respond to your command.
Two years ago Google hit back with their own "Google Assistant" device for your home called "Google Home".
It took some time for them to hit Australia, with Google Home launching in August last year, and today Amazon Echo devices were announced as being available from February in Australia.
So - how do they stack up head to head? 9NEWS' technology expert takes a look.