Amazon Alexa app coming to Windows PCs

Amazon Alexa app coming to Windows PCs

The service will also enable new features in the cars themselves, such the ability to start the engine remotely or lock the vehicle doors, by giving a command through another Alexa device in the home or elsewhere.

The preference Americans have shown for Alexa over Google Assistant isn't founded in the products' respective technical performances, however.

Michael Dobbs, a vice president at 360i, believes one reason Amazon continues to dominate smart-speaker sales despite Alexa's relatively poor technical performance is because of the company's two-year head start.

Toyota on Tuesday said it will start adding Alexa voice services to select Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the USA in 2018, with a rollout to additional models taking place in 2019. We have reported about their glasses many times over the years.

AR hardware company Vuzix designed a pair of smart sunglasses that are compatible with Amazon's Alexa.

And with the recent reveal of the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, Amazon is clearly aiming to get Alexa into more wearable and portable devices beyond smartphones.

The addition of Alexa to different makes of Windows 10-based computers is particularly interesting in that Amazon and Microsoft were already working together to allow Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana assistant technology work together, with a specific focus on Windows 10 device. These manufacturers have debuted brand new PC models that are created to work with Alexa at this week's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

According to estimates by the online publication Voicebot.ai, Amazon had sold over 20 million Echo units (featuring Alexa) by October of last year-and this was before Black Friday and the holiday season. We'll know more about the company's new range of laptops in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates. The device will be valued at $1,000, but Vuzix CEO Paul Travers wants to lower the price to $500 by 2019.

It's worth noting that Amazon and Apple aren't the first ones to bring AR glasses to the market.

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