Skype Calling Coming To Amazon Alexa Devices Later This Year

Amazon shows off microwave, clock, smart plug-in linked by their cloud-based voice service Alexa

This is a clear indication Amazon is expanding its home automation product range enabling users to get things done around their homes by simply shouting out the instructions to Alexa. You can enable Alexa Guard mode by saying phrases like, "Alexa, I'm leaving".

It has also learned to understand whispers, responding in equally hushed tones in a feature to be rolled out in the coming weeks. For example, when a user bids Alexa a good night, it might respond by mentioning they forgot to lock a door. During the event, new and exciting Amazon Echo devices were revealed but that wasn't all.

Amazon is taking steps to ensure Alexa can keep a watchful eye over your home while you're away. As a first step toward realizing this vision, we're rolling out Wi-Fi simple setup so customers can automatically connect smart devices to their Wi-Fi network and Alexa. There is also an "Ask Alexa" button built-in which wakes your prompts the paired Echo device to begin listening for an incoming command, so you don't have to say the "Ask Alexa" action words. Again we don't know when these devices will be available outside the US.

There are several new devices, as well as a new microwave that can be accessed by voice.

In a world with digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, it was only a matter of time before these types of functions made their way into automobiles.

Open the garage door with Alexa
Open the garage door with Alexa

According to some reports, Facebook is all set to announce its own video chat device which is dubbed as "Portal". Even without a Bluetooth connection, consumers can jam to their favorite playlist using an auxiliary cable or by buying an additional accessory such as FM transmitter or cassette tape adapter.

Fire TV Recast: With the Fire TV Recast, users can now record two shows simultaneously, and have them streamed to compliant devices such as the Fire Tablet, Fire TV, Echo Show or iOS and Android mobile devices. The two devices will feature different sizes and price tags. However, Skype still brings a few vital assets to the table, like its video call and conference service, which will work on Echo devices with a screen.

Alexa and its voice assistant competitors are focused on becoming smarter and more conversational.

"Amazon's announcements are sharp reminders to Apple and Google that Alexa has a significant lead that it is working meticulously to maximize".

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