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Your smart home won't be full of smart speakers if everything is a smart speaker

4 monthes ago   |   By Tech Radar

This year at CES, it seemed like every manufacturer was boasting of voice assistant integration; Alexa and Google Assistant found their way into cars , bathroom mirrors , and even smoke alarms. And while initially it felt a little gimmicky, it actually solves one of the major niggling points of the smart home: you want to have access to your voice assistant in every room but don't really want to fill your home with speakers. The problem with having a house full of speakers is twofold really; firstly, where do they all go? If you've just got one sat in a prominent position in your living...
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Amazon brings Alexa to your smartphone, but it won't replace your smart speaker

Amazon brings Alexa to your smartphone, but it won't replace your smart speaker

4 monthes ago   |   By Phone Arena

Amazon isn't making it easier for Google to monopolize the personal digital assistant market. The US giant has just rolled out a small but important update to the Alexa app for Android devices.
The update enables the vocal commands for the Alexa app, which was a mere tool to manage settings for the Echo smart speaker and other similar devices until now. With the latest version of Alexa, Android users will be able to speak to their smartphones and trigger Alexa skills, play music or even send messages.
However, you can only take advantage of voice commands if the Alexa application ...
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