On today's episode: Amazon dropped 12 new hardware devices today, including an Echo Input, Sub, Link and Link Amp. Plus a smart plug and even...a microwave. Amazon may also be opening 3000 cashier-free stores by 2021, and SpaceX announces…
Amazon's hardware announcement likely means a whole bunch of new Amazon Alexa gadgets. From a microwave to stereo equipment, here are our guesses on which devices we'll see, which could total as many as eight.
Amazon's Fall 2018 Alexa device rollout is about to begin, sources say. Look for an Alexa microwave, an amplifier, receiver, and subwoofer, and an Alexa voice-responsive device for your car. Amazon is maximizing its voice-command presence.
There are more than 50,000 Alexa skills that allow Amazon's voice assistant to perform all sorts of tasks. Amazon is planning on killing off those skills and will instead allow Alexa to find the best skill based on a person's request.
Samsung is improving its voice assistant Bixby by introducing support for third-party developers to create apps using the A.I. assistant. Samsung will soon release developer kits that will allow Bixby to be integrated into other services.
Amazon Alexa remains the global leader in smart speaker sales by a significant margin, but Google Assistant is steadily gaining market share in the U.S. Smart speakers from other companies are carving their own pieces of the business.
Microsoft and Amazon announced a public preview of Cortana and Alexa integration. U.S. customers can now open Cortana with Alexa and vice versa. Basic functions such as calendars and shopping lists are available with the preview.