Sunday, 23 September, 2018

CES 2018: Amazon is bringing Alexa to select Windows PCs this year

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HP, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer will integrate Alexa into a bunch of Windows 10 desktops and laptops that they will launch in 2018.

According to Mehedi Hassan of Thurrott.com, Asus and Lenovo are also building new Windows 10 devices to bring a widen availability of Alexa in the market of Windows PCs.

Enabled by Intel Smart Sound Technology, an integrated audio DSP (Digital Signal Processor) built to handle audio, voice, and speech interactions, many of Acer's latest notebooks and desktops will support Amazon Alexa and respond to voice commands quickly while offering high fidelity audio without impacting system performance.

The roster of products to support Amazon's AI assistant will include the HP Pavilion Wave, ASUS's ZenBook and VivoBook line, as well as Acer Spin, Swift Switch and Aspire notebooks.




In a separate announcement, it has now been revealed that Amazon will partner with some of the biggest manufacturers of Windows systems to bring full Alexa support to Windows 10. Preinstalling Alexa on Windows devices could give Amazon the exposure it needs. Now part of the smart home, consumers will be able to control the projector after enabling the Acer Projector Smart Home skill by asking Alexa on a device like the Echo or compatible Acer PC, "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright".

Similar to Acer, HP also recently unveiled the Pavilion Wave that is specifically created to offer voice interactions powered by Amazon Alexa. As Google and Apple continue growing and expanding their own personal assistants, Amazon has maintained its lead on those companies by getting Alexa into as much hardware as possible.

Acer on Monday a press release that Alexa will come to select Aspire, Spin, Switch, and Swift notebook models as well as Aspire all-in-one PCs starting the first quarter this year. Like the Echo Show, Alexa's responses will be displayed on the screen. Alexa making its way onto machines made by these brands could win it some favor among professionals, and the integration of Alexa for Business could help further its business appeal by helping with meetings, calendar management, and more. A command given to Cortana could be interpreted by Alexa or vice versa.

But Google Assistant is being used on potentially billions of Android phones, while, until now Amazon's Alexa hasn't had anywhere near the same kind of reach (in terms of people with direct access to Alexa).

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