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HTC U11 Gets Alexa Assistant

Adnan Farooqui July 16, 2017


If you want to have multiple options for a digital personal assistant then purchase the HTC U11. When this handset was launched, the company said that customers will be able to choose from three assistants namely: Google Assistant, HTC Companion, and Alexa by Amazon. Alexa wasn’t available at launch but Edge Sense has now been updated to bring Alexa to the HTC U11.

The latest Edge Sense update that’s available on the Play Store right now brings support for Alexa to the HTC U11.

However, even though the update can be downloaded right now, the assistant won’t actually go live until Monday, July 17th. It’s going to be a server-side change and Alexa will start functioning on HTC U11 handsets that have the latest version of Edge Sense installed.

Those who have already updated the Edge Sense app will now see a “Launch HTC Alexa” option in the Edge Sense Settings menu. Even if they turn it on right now the assistant won’t actually serve any purpose until tomorrow.

Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant now has support for more than 15,000 Skills so it can complete a wide variety of tasks such as reading the news, streaming music, control smart home devices, call an Uber, and much more.

Your #HTCU11 is about to get a new personal assistant. pic.twitter.com/oZ62kgHqON

— HTC USA (@HTCUSA) July 14, 2017

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4K HDR Sony TVs Get Amazon Echo Support

Adnan Farooqui July 13, 2017


You will soon be able to control your 4K HDR Sony TV with an Amazon Echo. Sony has announced today that a new firmware update is going to be released later this month which will bring Amazon Echo compatibility to select TV models. The press release states that users with an Amazon Echo, Echo Show, and Echo Dot will be able to control the TVs. This suggests that perhaps this functionality may not be available on other Alexa-enabled devices.

The full list of supported TV models is available on Sony’s website. Sony has added support for the aforementioned Amazon devices to 23 different TV models from 2017 as well as select models from last year.

All of them are powered by Android TV. The company has also confirmed that this functionality is only being offered to users in the United States right now.

So what will owners of these TV models be able to get done using just voice commands given to Alexa? The functionality is going to be limited initially.

They will be able to power the TV on and off, change the channel by name or number, control the input and volume as well as access controls for streaming and DVR content.

The functionality pretty much covers the basis. For all advanced settings stuff, users will have to rely on the remote control that shipped with their 4K HDR Sony TV.

Sony hasn’t confirmed precisely when this firmware update is going to be released but it does say that the update will be out in July.

4K HDR Sony TVs Get Amazon Echo Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Next-Gen Amazon Echo Could Be More Like Apple’s HomePod

Tyler Lee July 12, 2017

It probably goes without saying that Amazon led the way and kicked off the trend of smart speakers with their Echo series of devices. This led to companies such as Microsoft, Google, and even Apple to follow suit with their own devices, but now a report from Engadget has suggested that Amazon’s next-gen Echo could be taking some cues from Apple’s HomePod.

The HomePod is Apple’s answer to the Echo and its design is rather different from the competition, where it comes in a barrel-shaped design with mesh surrounding the speakers. According to Engadget, Amazon’s next-gen Echo will apparently look similar, where it is said to be shorter and slimmer, “almost as if it were three or four Echo Dots stacked on top of each other”.

Amazon is also rumored to be “softening” the design of the Echo by including rounded edges and a cloth-like covering. Sound-wise, Amazon is said to pack several tweeters inside the device, similar to the HomePod which packs seven tweeters inside of it, which in turn helps it to sound “better”.

So far the appeal of the Echo devices is that it is relatively affordable and functional, with Amazon opening up Alexa to third-party developers to create various recipes for different functions. Whether or not this particular device ends up being more of a premium remains to be seen, but take it with a grain of salt for now.

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Alexa Can Book Hotels Now Through Kayak

Adnan Farooqui July 12, 2017


Amazon’s digital personal assistant Alexa now has support for more than 15,000 “Skills,” that’s what Amazon calls the features that the assistant has. Alexa can call you an Uber, control your smart home devices or check your bank account balance on command. It can also do so much more, such as booking you a hotel room through Kayak.

The Kayak skill for Amazon Alexa was first launched last year. Users could use the skill to ask Alexa to search for flights, hotels, and rental cars. The skill has now been updated to enable users to actually book hotel rooms by simply giving a voice command to Alexa.

Those who have an Alexa-powered device, such as Amazon’s Echo devices, can sync their existing or create a new kayak account and then enable the Kayak skill in the Alexa app and link their account.

Once the account is linked, users can give Alexa commands like “Alexa, ask KAYAK to book me a hotel room in Boston” to find and book a room. Alexa will return a bookable option and then use the linked Kayak account to confirm the reservation.

The actual booking transaction will be handled by one of Kayak’s partners. All bookable inventory available to Alexa comes from Booking.com and Priceline.com. Those companies process the payment and also handle customer service.

Alexa Can Book Hotels Now Through Kayak , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Amazon’s Alexa Will Now Notify You Of Package Delivery

Tyler Lee July 9, 2017

If there’s one reason why shopping online can be rather addictive, it is because it can sometimes feel like you’re receiving a present when your package has been delivered. We also know how sometimes it can be a rather agonizing wait for your package to arrive, but not to worry because Alexa will help you keep track of it.

Part of Amazon’s plan for Alexa is for it to be able to offer up notifications to users, and it seems that one of the notifications that they are planning on offering to users at the start is the ability to notify users when a package that they’ve bought from Amazon has been sent out for delivery. This means that if you’ve ordered something from Amazon, the moment it has been sent out for delivery, Alexa will notify you of that.

This might come in handy if you’re outside and you want to be home in time to receive the package personally, or if you’re planning to go out, these notifications will help provide an audio cue/reminder so that you can better plan your day, just in case you forgot that you had a delivery that was due today.

Alternatively like we said, it can help with customers who are eagerly anticipating their package and the notification will help them keep track of the package’s progress before reaching its destination. Note that this feature is an opt-in feature so you will have to enable it if you want to take advantage of it. Instructions and details about the feature can be found on Amazon’s website.

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You Can Now Sign Up For Amazon Prime Using Alexa

Adnan Farooqui July 5, 2017


Amazon’s $99 per year Amazon Prime membership service provides you with free two-day shipping on countless items aside from other perks like a video and music streaming service, a cloud storage service, and more. There are a number of ways you can sign up for the membership and now, for the first time, Amazon is allowing people to sign up for Amazon Prime by just giving the relevant voice command to Alexa.

Those who have an Alexa-compatible device like the Echo hardware or Fire TV can just give the virtual assistant the following command: “Alexa, sign me up for Prime.” That’s what it’s going to do. In order to entice people to take advantage of this option, Amazon is offering a limited time discount of $20 to new subscribers.

So if they sign up for Amazon Prime using Alexa now, they get the first year for $79 instead of the usual $99. All this is part of Amazon’s strategy to hype up Prime Day, a one-day online shopping holiday that it created on its own a couple of years back.

Amazon promises significant discounts on many products just to get people shopping more than they normally do in the online marketplace. More than one hundred Alexa exclusive deals are live starting today.

Those who shop using the virtual assistant for the first time between now and Prime Day will receive a bonus $10 promo code. Alexa voice shoppers will get access to select Prime Day 2017 deals two hours before the general public on July 10th from 4 pm to 6 pm PT.

Just say “Alexa, what are your deals?” and it will walk you through the rest.

You Can Now Sign Up For Amazon Prime Using Alexa , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Alexa Now Has More Than 15,000 Skills

Adnan Farooqui July 5, 2017


Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant can do so much more than what you can possibly imagine. Amazon calls its features “Skills,” and it has quite a few of them. Alexa can stream music, call you an Uber, check your bank balance, answer random questions, tell a joke, and more in response to your voice command. According to a new report, Alexa now has more than 15,000 of these skills in her repertoire.

It was first reported by Voicebot that Amazon Alexa now boasts 15,000 skills. This was later confirmed by Amazon itself, which mentioned that Alexa passed the 15,000 skills milestone on Friday last week.

The number of skills that Alexa has is growing rapidly. It was last confirmed back in February this year that it supported a total of 10,000 skills. It just four months it has seen a 50 percent increase in the number of skills that are supported.

Skills can also be described as voice apps and when you compare the numbers, Amazon is far ahead of its competition. Microsoft’s Cortana only has 65 of such apps or skills while the Google Assistant does slightly better with 378. None is close to Alexa and won’t be for quite some time.

It goes without saying that this list will continue to grow and Amazon will do its part to ensure that it retains the lead for as long as possible.

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Google Home More Accurate Than Alexa At Answering Your Questions

Tyler Lee June 27, 2017

The launch of the first Amazon Echo was surprising in a couple of different ways. For starters a smart speaker with a virtual assistant was something not many people had expected Amazon to have been working on. Secondly the ease of use of the Echo and Alexa was also what helped drive the device’s popularity, which in turned prompted similar devices from competitors.

One of those competitors is Google who launched the Google Home, and it seems that if you’re still a bit torn between deciding on the Google Home or the Amazon Echo, a recent study could help you make your decision. In a recent study done by 360i, it was found that the Google Home was six times more accurate than Alexa at answering your questions.

By that we don’t mean that it is more accurate at picking up your voice and “hearing” you, but rather it is more accurate in the sense that it will give users better results for the things that they ask. Given that Google’s claim to fame was and still is their search engine, this should hardly come as a surprise, although AdWeek notes that RBC Capital Markets is still projecting that Alexa-powered devices will generate as much as $10 billion in revenue for the company by 2020.

However we guess search is one of the features when considering such devices. For example some might also want to factor in the sound quality of the speakers (something that Apple is boasting its upcoming HomePod will be better at), design, price, size, and so on, but if search is one of the primary features that you want a smart speaker, it looks like Google could be a better option.

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Amazon Echo Devices To Get Intercom Support

Tyler Lee June 26, 2017

The thing about Amazon’s Echo devices is that for the most part they’re relatively affordable and they don’t take up a lot of space, especially if you have the Echo Dot. This means that you could place multiple units around the home and have access to the Alexa virtual assistant anytime that you want.

Now it looks like Amazon will be giving the Echo devices more functionality in an upcoming update that will bring about intercom features. Basically what this means is that users will be able to single out specific Echo devices in their home and speak from one Echo device to the other, although this means that you will need to individually assign each Echo its room name, and it also needs to be an Echo with a microphone, meaning that the Echo Tap is out.

Once you have it all setup, you can speak to individual Echo units, like you could use the Echo in your room to call out to someone in the kitchen to bring you a glass of water, or get someone to answer the door, and so on. Of course this is contingent on you having multiple Echo devices at home, and presumably this feature is to tempt customers into buying more.

It is a pretty clever idea and one that we’re surprised did not launch sooner. The update will be rolling out over the next few days so do keep an eye out for it.

Amazon Echo Devices To Get Intercom Support , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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Amazon Launches Dash Wand With Alexa

Adnan Farooqui June 15, 2017

Amazon has launched a new product today that’s powered by Alexa, its virtual assistant. However, it’s not a new Echo device, we already have enough of those already. The company’s new product is called Dash Wand. Powered by Alexa, it enables users to scan barcodes on grocery items, order essential household items from Amazon by using voice commands, convert measurements, and more with a nifty little device that they can carry around with them in the home.

Amazon’s Dash Wand is magnetic so it can be easily attached to the fridge. It’s Wi-Fi enabled so Alexa can offer some functionality that you can get on the more expensive Echo devices. It enables users to find recipes and search for restaurants with just their voice commands.

Amazon has launched Dash-branded shopping scanners previously but they weren’t as advanced as the Wand. The previous version was priced at $49.99 and allowed users to add anything on Amazon to their shopping cart but they had to check out manually.

The Dash Wand makes it much easier by enabling users to purchase items directly. All Amazon Prime subscribers in the United States can pick one up starting today. Amazon is selling the Wand for $20 but Prime members who buy one are going to receive $20 back into their Amazon accounts which means that the Wand will essentially be free for them.

Amazon Launches Dash Wand With Alexa , original content from Ubergizmo. Read our Copyrights and terms of use.

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