Amazon has quietly made an update that has some Canadians freaking out, eh. As of Monday August 14th, the Alexa app and the webapp (alexa.amazon.com) have started accepting Canadian addresses for Echo setting device locations.
“Tonight around 11pm I decided I would try to add my Canadian address, as I tend to do from time to time, and shockingly, it accepted it!” wrote the original poster asutt on a reddit thread. “It was added normally through the app. I can confirm that weather and local information are functional.”
Although Amazon has quietly updated Echo for our Canadian audience there are some shortcomings. For example, when entering your location the Alexa app sets the wrong time zone. Shopping also doesn’t seem to work (yet).
To set your Canadian home address follow these steps:
- Using the Alexa app or the webapp (alexa.amazon.com) open the slide out menu (top-left) and choose Settings (the last choice).
- Under devices, open the Echo device that you want to set a location for.
- Under the section called Device location add your home street address.
- You can pretty much just hit Save at this point and Alexa will respond with some suggested addresses closest to your IP address proximity.
Although there is still no word yet on the official release of the Echo platform in Canada this new addition might suggest we are getting close.
Update: Some are reporting that this apparent ‘loop-hole’ now seems to be closed.