Amazon’s Alexa has been a huge trend for CES 2018. We’ve seen Alexa get integrated to showers, bathroom fixtures, smoke detectors, and more. Now, Windows 10 PCs will be gaining the popular voice assistant functionality, with PC makers HP, Asus, Acer and others revealing plans to bring it to several of their models. Asus will be bringing Alexa to their Zenbook and Vivobook lineup, whereas HP will be bringing it to their Pavilion Wave and select Acer Spin, Swift, Switch and Aspire notebooks. Furthermore, Amazon will be launching a special Alexa app sometime in the spring. Interestingly, PC manufacturers are looking at ways to incorporate Intel’s Smart Sound technology into the laptops, gaining the functionality to pick up your voice for Alexa when you’re not so close to the device.
Amazon VP Steve Rabuchin said in a statement that “Hands-free access to Alexa on PCs can be helpful to customers in many ways, like making it simple to interact with your smart home, get news or weather, set timers, and more,”
This isn’t the first time that Alexa is being launched on Windows 10 PCs, however. Both Amazon and Microsoft made waves in the industry by announcing plans to integrate their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana respectively, into their devices by the end of 2017. It goes without saying that both companies missed the deadline, and the Alexa windows 10 app is not apart of the deal and is instead its own separate app, like what is found on third-party devices.
Some Alexa features will not be available at launch, however, such as controlling security cameras, messaging, calling, Spotify and Amazon Video, just to name a few.
Amazon has yet to set an exact date for the launch of the Windows 10 application, but we could be getting more details soon enough.
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