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Technology The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa

16:21  22 november  2019
16:21  22 november  2019 Source:   theverge.com

Amazon could unveil fitness-tracking earbuds and a larger Echo speaker this week

  Amazon could unveil fitness-tracking earbuds and a larger Echo speaker this week Amazon has a hardware event lined up for Wednesday, and if last year’s showcase was any indication, we might see multiple new devices from the company. CNBC has just published a report saying that Amazon is working on wireless earbuds with health-tracking features and “a new, bulkier Echo device that comes with a woofer and better speakers than the original version.” The earbuds are expected to cost under $100, putting them at an advantageous price compared to Apple’s AirPods and other true wireless earbuds like the Samsung Galaxy Buds, Jaybird Vistas, and the upcoming Jabra Elite 75ts.

Since it was first announced in 2014, Amazon ’s Alexa personal assistant has become a resident in thousands of homes, is consulted by exercising adults and studying children, plays music, turns on the air And once you have Alexa , what do you do with it? The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa can help.

Amazon 's Alexa smart assistant seems to be everywhere. Since it was first announced in 2014 with the original Amazon Echo speaker, the voice assistant has gained thousands of new "skills" and comes in a variety of form factors – from miniature speakers to ones with a video camera and a touchscreen.

Since it was first announced in 2014, Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant has become a resident in thousands of homes, is consulted by exercising adults and studying children, plays music, turns on the air conditioning, guards the house, and tells you whether it’s going to rain. As of January 2019, according to Amazon, 100 million Alexa devices have been sold.

  The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

The types of devices that use Alexa are multiplying as well. What started with the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers has now expanded into a wide range of helpful speakers, clocks, displays, and other tech. Many are being sold as part of Amazon’s own Echo line, which most recently includes the Echo Buds, Echo Flex, and even a pair of smart glasses called the Echo Frames. Amazon also has incorporated Alexa into its Fire Stick (that lets you control your TV) and Fire line of tablets.

Other companies have jumped on the bandwagon as well, including Acer, Sonos, Lenovo, Sony, and Bose, among many others.

But which Alexa-based device should you buy? And once you have Alexa, what do you do with it? The Verge Guide to Amazon Alexa can help. We offer reviews and coverage of the latest Alexa-containing devices, along with tips on how best to use Alexa and its various skills (Amazon’s term for Alexa’s apps).

So fire up your smart speaker and let Alexa help.

Amazon is apparently bringing Alexa to your lightbulbs and small toys .
The voice assistant will reportedly only require a low-powered chip and 1MB of RAM soon.Previously, Alexa functionality required at least 100MB of RAM and an ARM Cortex-A processor. Dirk Didascalou, vice president of Amazon Web Services for Internet of Things, told TechCrunch it cut this down by offloading much of the processing to the cloud -- now devices just need wake word detection.

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