The virtual assistants war has been going on for a few years. The companies behind it are trying to implement more and more functions to these. However, it is also true that there are still some of them to be implemented in all markets.- A clear example is Amazon Alexa, which is the current king in the United States along with the Amazon Echo equipment, but in Spain we are still waiting.
Now, it is also true that you can get an Amazon Echo Dot from the UK; open an Amazon UK account and start using it, always, in perfect English. But, are you sure you are interested in a team of these characteristics? Would it be better to wait for other models like the Apple HomePod to arrive? There is a way for you to try Amazon Alexa on your Mac for free. His name is Reverb.
Of course, don't expect Reverb to perfectly simulate an Amazon Echo rig; that is to say: will not be listening at all times as the smart speaker of the online commerce giant would. Moreover, for it to work, you must be clicking with the mouse, trackpad o touchpad the pop-up window in which the popular virtual assistant is presented to you.
Now, before downloading it, the most important requirement is that you have an account premium current Amazon; Without it, you will not be able to use this free app that you also have available for iPhone, iPad and Android-based devices from Google. As we said, it is not the perfect substitute for a smart speaker in which you only have to invoke Alexa through voice commands, but you must interact with the application through peripherals - or fingers in the case of touch screens of equipment mobiles. If your English is perfect, give it a try and decide if an Amazon Echo is a good alternative.The application is no longer available in the App Store