Tag Archive: Alexa


Alexa voice controls now available for Sonos One in Canada

Canada finally joins the Sonos and Alexa fun.

Sonos has quickly risen up as one of the leaders in the smart speaker market, and today, its customers in Canada are getting a nice treat.

After launching in the U.S., UK, and Germany, the Sonos One in Canada is getting a free software update for built-in Alexa voice controls.

Like we’ve seen in the above countries, Alexa takes the already great Sonos One and makes it even better.  [Read More…]

The $40 Roav Viva brings Alexa and a 2-port car charger on the road with you

Bring Amazon’s Alexa along for the ride with the Roav Viva.

Anker’s new Roav Viva, an Alexa-enabled 2-port USB car charger, is down to $ 39.99 with code VIVACARA on Amazon. This is a brand new product, just released in early February, and has never had a deal before.

The Viva connects to your phone via Bluetooth, and then you connect your phone to your car’s stereo either via Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack. It will use  [Read More…]

Pokémon Day 2018 adds fun to Alexa, Google Home, Snapchat, and more!

The Pokemon Company had pulled out all the stops for this year’s celebration.

February 27th has become a holiday for Pokemon fans, marking the anniversary of the original launch of the first game in 1996, and this year the celebration is leaning heavier than ever on your phone. While there are still limited collectibles at Pokemon Centers and access to the latest Pokemon Movie on Pokemon TV, your digital assistant is also going to play a bit  [Read More…]

These are the 10 best Alexa skills for India

Amazon has thoroughly customized the Alexa experience for the Indian market.

Amazon launched the Echo family in India at the end of last year, introducing the subcontinent to Alexa. The virtual assistant made its debut three years ago on the first-gen Echo and over the years Amazon has steadily added more features to Alexa, making it one of the most robust options available in this space.

Amazon took its time in bringing the Echo family to  [Read More…]

Essential Phone also gets a Halo Gray version with Amazon Alexa on board

Last week Essential Products unveiled three new color options for the Essential Phone including Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. Well soon after introducing the new colors, the company also announced a new version of its flagship handset. It’s called the Essential Phone Halo Gray and comes with Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant built-in. Halo […]

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Essential Phone now also available in Halo Gray with Alexa for $449

The absence of Alexa was definitely the problem.

On February 15, Essential launched the Essential Phone in three new colors – Ocean Depths, Stellar Gray, and Copper Black. Just one day later and seemingly out of nowhere, we have yet another color in the form of Halo Gray.

Halo Gray is most similar to Stellar Gray as they’re the only two versions of the Essential Phone with a matte finish on the back. This makes the Essential  [Read More…]

Own an Amazon Echo in India? You can now use Alexa to text or call your family

Alexa-to-Alexa messaging and calling goes live in India, along with the ‘Drop-In’ feature that turns your Echo into an intercom.

Amazon is rolling out key features to Echo owners in India. You can now use Alexa-to-Alexa calling and messaging to talk to contacts that also own an Echo device. You’ll first need to give Alexa access to your contacts, and it’ll go through the list and suggest people that have an Echo device linked with their phone  [Read More…]

Amazon said to be making its own AI chip for faster Alexa performance

A dedicated chip would allow Alexa to perform speech recognition without contacting the almighty cloud.

Amazon Alexa is undoubtedly one of the leaders in the virtual assistant space, and while I’ve never found it to be slow on devices like the Echo, a new report suggests that it may get even faster thanks to a new AI chipset.

According to The Information, Amazon is in the process of building a dedicated hardware chip to be used with  [Read More…]

Alexa now lets you create and edit playlists with Amazon Music

Amazon’s giving users added controls for staying within its walled-garden.

Whether you have an Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Plus, or something from a third party, Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem of smart speakers is one of the best for listening to music. A lot of this is thanks to the wide array of streaming services that support Alexa, and now Amazon Music subscribers are gaining even more control over their tunes.

If you’re listening to a song on Amazon  [Read More…]

You can now ask Alexa about your YouTube stats with the TubeBuddy skill

Wanna know how your latest video is doing, or how many subs you have? Just ask Alexa.

It’s now easier than ever to obsess over your YouTube stats, thanks to a new Amazon Alexa Skill from TubeBuddy. If you’re not using the TB service — it brings together a whole bunch of YouTube stats and best practices and basically helps you do things better — you definitely need to check it out.

Plus, ya know, they got some guy to  [Read More…]