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Amazon Echo: Test Alexa in your browser and learn what all the fuss is about

The Amazon Echo is still only officially available inside the United States, leaving Brits wondering whether all that hype is merited.

Now the company is offering up a demo of the Alexa assistant’s capabilities within web browsers, through the Alexa Skill Testing Tool site.

The Echoism.io site (via VentureBeat), which is based on a like-minded project from independent developer Sam Machin, lets visitors issue commands as they would on the Echo range of smart home speakers.

One you’ve loaded the site, and logged-in to your Amazon account you’ll be able to hold down the microphone button and speak commands like “Alexa, how’s the weather?”

Related: Amazon Echo and Alexa: Everything you need to know
 
As well as fulfilling the whims of curious folks outside America, Amazon is also offering up the tool as an aid to developers around the world who can test integration of their apps through the Alexa Skills API.

Echosim.io lives in your browser, so anyone, anywhere can access it and test their Alexa skills,” writes Glenn Cameron on the Amazon developer blog.

“You no longer need an Alexa-enabled device to test your skills. Developers worldwide can use Echosim.io to experience Alexa. Its simplicity makes it easy for anyone to understand what an Echo is and what it does without having to explain Alexa’s unique UX.”

Amazon is yet to reveal if and when it’ll be bringing Alexa to nations beyond the United States.

However, with Google Home forthcoming and rumblings of a Siri-based rival, we can’t imagine the firm will hang around for much longer.

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