Amazon Alexa is an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon, which was first used in Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot devices. It is developed by Amazon. It is like Google assistant which works on Android phones and SIRI which works on Apple phones, Apple smart watches etc.
Amazon Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, video streaming, setting up alarms, giving traffic updates, playing audio books, news updates, weather etc. Amazon Alexa can also control smart home devices by connecting with them. Third-party software can also be installed on it which is called “skills” in this case, which can improve its capabilities.
The device can be activated by using a wake-up word on Echo. It can activate by pushing a button on Amazon mobile app on “ios” and Android. The voice interaction is until November 2017 is available in English, German and Japanese only. Alexa is inspired by the science fiction TV and movie series “Star Trek”.
An app for interaction with Alexa is available on Google Play, Apple’s App Store and Amazon’s own Appstore free of cost.
Through this app, the owner of the Alexa device can control the shopping list, alarm and more. Users can also respond to them whether the words spoken by them are properly recognized by Alexa or not. A web interaction is also available for devices. Alexa also gives information about the weather. It also plays news and music. It is also available on Microsoft’s Cortana under a partnership.
Alexa can control many devices in Home Automation, such as Belkin, Ecobee, Geeni, Nest, Phillips Hue. Developers can develop smart home skills with the help of Alexa Skills Kit.
A food order can also be given by Alexa. The major of these is Domino’s Pizza, Pizza Hut, etc. With Alexa, the order can also be placed from Starbucks. It also works with smart lock and Alexa cloud, with which couriers can be delivered inside customer’s front door.
Alexa supports many subscriptions based as well as free music playing services. Some of the streaming services are Prime music, Amazon music, Amazon music unlimited, Audible, Pandora, Spotify premium and many more. If your Alexa device is connected to Amazon account then it can play music directly. Users can directly upload up to 250 songs on Amazon music via computers free of cost.
Alexa can also play updates about the supported sports team by adding sports team to the list created in Alexa’s sports update app.
Some of the sports team supported are:-
EPL – English Premier League.
NBA- National Basketball Association.
FA Cup- Football Association Cup
German Bundesliga 1st Division
German Bundesliga 2nd Division
UEFA Champions League.
Phone calls and messaging:-
Alexa is able to call directly on contacts that have Amazon devices that are registered to the associated account. Calls can be made via devices as well as through apps. Messaging also works on app and devices. However it is able to send typed messages only from the app and if anyone sends messages through the device, it is sent as voice messages.
Alexa for business is a paid subscription service which allows companies to join conference calls, meeting rooms scheduling etc. Skills are also available from SAP, Microsoft, and Salesforce etc.
Amazon Echo Look
Amazon Echo Show
Amazon Echo Spot
Lenovo Smart Assistant
LG SmartThinq Hub
TVs and media boxes:-
Amazon Fire TV(2nd gen)
Phones and Tablets
Amazon Fire and Fire HD tablets
Huawei Mate 9
Moto Smart Speakers
Laptops and Desktops
Asus ZenBook and VivoBook Laptops
HP Pavilion Wave desktop
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 laptops
Acer Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks.
Acer Aspire all-in-one desktops.