Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in United Kingdom and beyond

​Amazon Alexa outage: Digital assistant service suffers 'system issues'

That's because Amazon also reported problems with its AWS services in Ireland, which could be the root cause of today's outage.

Earlier in the day, Amazon announced that it had some issues with network connectivity for its Amazon Web Services outpost in Ireland, which may have been the cause of Alexa's downtime. Users from the United Kingdom and Europe had earlier reported widespread difficulty in connecting to the server.

Amazon has yet to comment, but it's advising users to restart their Echo device - to no avail.

Amazon did not respond to emails and phone calls from Reuters requesting more details on the nature of the problem.

It is not immediately clear as to when Amazon will launch the other Echo speakers in India. It's £50 entry-level Echo Dot, £140 Echo Plus, £220 Echo Show and the Echo Sub build upon the current range, while the Echo Smart Plug and Echo Input will help allow third-party devices be controlled by Alexa. Assuring customers of Alexa's security is crucial to Amazon, which has ambitions for Alexa to be ubiquitous - whether dimming the lights for customers, playing music or placing orders for them with the world's largest online retailer. The new Fire TV Cube that's basically a Fire TV combined with an Echo Dot is on sale for $79.99 instead of $120, and the 4K Fire TV dongle can be had for $39.99 instead of $70. Hulu already supports Alexa on Fire TV, enabling users to pull up the app and specific content using voice commands.

Amazon had acknowledged both these events and said fixes had been applied.

Aiva provides provide patients and seniors with smart speakers including Google Home and Amazon Echo to stay in closer contact with their care providers, while also offering them entertainment and education.

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