Amazon Alexa: the best voice assistant for your home?

Amazon Alexa: the best voice assistant for your home?

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What is Alexa?
Alexa is the name of the voice assistant whose artificial intelligence undergoes continuous development in Amazon’s large data centers, and it takes the form of the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot in your home. Both cylinders listen for the “Alexa” command, after which you can issue your voice commands. You then use it to control your smart home devices, ask about the weather, make voice calls or play a song from the Amazon database, Spotify or start the radio. 
Amazon Echo Dot (2nd Generation)

Of course, there is a catch and, among other things, this one is due to the fact that Amazon keeps its media ecosystem closed. Even some smart home devices cannot be controlled by Alexa or only to a limited degree. If you use Google Cast devices, Alexa will refuse to deliver the Spotify stream via Google Cast. However, if you connect the Echo Dot using a stereo jack cable, it would play your music on your old Hi-Fi system.
Alexa: the gateway to Amazon’s world
The Alexa app, which is free to install, lets you see what AI assistants are capable of. They often contain offers that are somehow connected to Amazon’s shopping ecosystem. These include the following commands for the Alexa app…
Music and books: Plays songs, stations, series, Kindle eBooks in audiobook format on your Alexa device. Besides Amazon services, Amazon only tolerates Spotify or TuneIn, while books come from Audible.
Listen: Create and edit shopping and to-do lists and link them to Anydo or Todolist, Google Keep or Wunderlist.
Timer & alarm clock: Set a reminder to take the noodles off the stove in seven minutes or wake up at nine in the morning on

Article originally published at: Droid Life