The next limit for Amazon’s Alexa may be the inclination you keep on your person many of the time. Amazon announced the new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit today, which will concede manufacturers to some-more simply confederate the company’s voice partner into headphones, smartwatches, aptness trackers, and other tiny devices. The pack is now in developer preview, and partner companies including Bose, Jabra, and iHome are already contrast it out.
The developer pack lessens the growth bucket that manufacturers have to take on when making an Alexa-friendly accessory. Instead of using all of the code required to build Alexa into a device like a home speaker, manufacturers rest on only some of the code as good as Bluetooth connectivity to the Alexa mobile app. Headphones, wearables, and other Bluetooth-audio means inclination done with the Mobile Accessory Kit can bond to the Alexa mobile app on the device with which they are interconnected and entrance the Alexa Voice Service from the app.
That means users can pronounce to these accessories, asking Alexa to perform several tasks like stream media, control smart home devices, and yield news and weather updates. Amazon also claims users can call on Alexa “without worrying about Wi-Fi connectivity,” but Alexa will need tie to entrance certain skills and pieces of information. In those cases, the Alexa app would use the device’s LTE data.
While the Mobile Accessory Kit creates it easy for manufacturers to confederate Alexa into their products, it also means users of these products will have to download the Alexa app to reap the benefits. Some headphones and many wearables have their own messenger mobile apps, and some users may not wish to download a second app just to use voice commands. Also, these inclination will only be means to use Alexa when connected around Bluetooth to a mobile device, as all of the voice authority energy comes from Amazon’s app.
This doesn’t definitively vigilance forthcoming, Amazon-made headphones or a smartwatch, but it does meant that Amazon is looking over the home for new ways to confederate Alexa into daily life. We’ve seen Alexa bend out solemnly over the past year: Amazon done some-more developer kits that make it easier for manufacturers to confederate Alexa into kitchen appliances and automobiles, among other things. The company gave iOS users access to Alexa progressing this year by the Amazon Shopping app, and it partnered with Garmin to make the Garmin Speak, a tiny Echo Dot-like device for your automobile that houses Alexa as good as Garmin’s own voice authority complement that can give you pushing directions.
With the Mobile Accessory Kit, Amazon also likely wants to keep up with Apple and Google, both of which have wireless earbuds that support their own virtual assistants and voice commands. Those meddlesome in tinkering with Amazon’s Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit once it’s done widely accessible can sign up here.