Tuesday, 16 January, 2018

Amazon Alexa Is Now Available on HP, Acer, and Asus Computers

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs Acer to Bring Amazon Alexa to PCs in 2018
Lori Graves | 09 January, 2018, 02:08

Now Microsoft's Cortana does have a few smart speaker and thermostat wins, but its distribution is flooded by Alexa as well as Google Assistant.

Amazon Alexa will roll out on Acer PCs in the USA via an update through Acer Care Center; other regions will get it in mid-2018.

So also Amazon's Alexa assistant is supported on a bevy of Amazon Echo branded smart speakers, and speakers from Sonos, LG and ironically Harmon Kardon (not to mention support for cars, smart home devices and so on and so forth). Lenovo, Asus, and Acer also reportedly plan to bring Alexa to a series of Windows 10 laptops and desktops.

Amazon has started to integrate its Alexa assistant to desktops by an app designed for Windows.

It's early January and that means tons of CES announcements.

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Just like Alexa in a smart speaker, a colorful LED on the front of the Pavilion Wave lights up to let you know when Alexa is listening (and recording) for a command.

And now Cortana is now sharing time with Alexa on the PC in a development that can't be good for Microsoft.

Unlike Microsoft Cortana, however, Amazon Alexa will live as a standalone third-party application for obvious reasons.

Microsoft would be better served to see Cortana as a connective tissue, as a framework for people who want to get serious work done, and for business users. The rollout of the Alexa-Cortana integration, announced past year, has been delayed but is expected to start soon.

It will have some of the visual display elements from the Echo Show as a taskbar pop up, but it won't be a full service - not at launch at least - one of the big draws - smart home control - will be missing. Other Acer machines with dual microphones will allow users to activate Alexa from within three feet, the company says. Several OEMs, including Bose, Jabra, iHome, Beyerdynamic, Bowers and Wilkins are already working on voice-controlled Alexa experiences on their products and device makers are invited to signup to be notified when the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit is made available later this year. To make the hands-free experience more seamless, Intel and Amazon engineers have worked together to optimize Intel Smart Sound Technology to deliver a 360-degree audio experience. Moreover, Acer and Asus have also said their latest notebooks will be compatible with Alexa. Details on ASUS's Alexa integration weren't immediately available.

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