Why we love Amazon Alexa (And You too!)
Amazon Alexa is a cloud-based voice service available in more than ten million plus devices manufactured by Amazon and third-party manufacturers. It is the most advanced voice service that you can use in your daily day-to-day activities like playing music, making phone calls, asking questions, booking cab, order food, buy products from Amazon and a lot more. It makes your life easier as it can be used to control your home accessories as well like lights, doors, fan, etc.
With over 12000+ skills to use, you can increase your productivity with Amazon Alexa and can reduce your development cost and boost your time in the market. It allows you to access cloud-based Alexa capabilities with the support of Alexa voice service APIs, hardware kits, software tools, and documentation. It uses the cloud for handling complex speech recognition and natural language understanding. And the best part of Amazon Alexa is that it keeps on updating regularly bringing new features and support for growing collection of compatible smart home devices.
Amazon Alexa setup is also easy. Just sign in with your Amazon account and then add your respective device and start using it. This setup is universal across the devices. Once this setup is done, you can then use it by saying the word ‘Alexa’. When you say this word, it starts listening to your commands and then responds in a more natural voice. The best feature that most of us like is the intercommunication of this device with other Alexa enabled devices. We can create a group of these devices and then execute a single command on all of them using a single Alexa device or the app. You can play music in them, spread your voice in house by speaking on one device and the audio will be streamed across all the other devices.
You can add Spotify account in the setup and other streaming services like Prime Music, Amazon Music, Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music (coming before the end of 2018), TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Audible, and Pandora. You can listen to your audiobooks with the help of this device. You can order food from various food delivering services like Domino's Pizza, Grubhub, Pizza Hut, Seamless, and Wingstop.
You can also use its messaging and call services. Alexa allows you to send mesages to Alexa aplication recipents as well as to all other suported and associated echo devices. If you send a message using an echo device then it will be sent as a voice message instead of text message. However, you can send text mesage by typing the message in Alexa app to the Alexa contacts. As of now, Alexa cannot attach videos or songs in the message.
If you talk about Alexa in business then Alexa has a paid subscription service that allows companies to use it to have conference calls, scheduling the meeting rooms and other custom skills developed by the third-party companies
You can also create your own skills to customize your AVS experience. To create your own AVS skills, just signup as a developer and start creating AVS skills. AVS provides cloud-based speech recognition technology and natural language processing to give best of what users can expect from an AI device. And yes obviously, its voice is generated by artificial neural networks.,
Amazon Alexa is available in 41 countries that includes US, US, Germany, Austria, India, Japan, Canada, Belgium, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, Uruguay, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.
How to perform Amazon Alexa Setup
Amazon Alexa setup is quite easy. For Amazon Alexa setup, you just need to download the Alexa app from the Google PlayStore or Apple Appstore. Sign in with your Amazon ID and then in the settings menu of the app, you will find add device. Choose the category of the device and connect it using the app. This may take a while but is worth waiting. Once your Amazon Alexa is set up, you can then ask anything to it and it will respond you.