Smart Light Bulb Owners Turn To Amazon Echo, Google Home

Posted October 13, 2017

Following the footsteps of rival offering Google Home, Amazon's Alexa smart speaker can now differentiate voices and offer back a personalised response.

Users will also be able to make use of the personalised voice recognition for voice calling.

Inc.is willing to team up with competitors Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google if it would help improve customers' experience with its Alexa voice-activated virtual assistant, an executive working on the platform said. Though Alexa devices did have multiple accounts support previously, users were required to say "Alexa, switch accounts" to change profiles. Both Google and Amazon have been working to expand the offering of their respective smart speakers.

This means if you ask Alexa to call your friend Ben, the Echo will call the right person.

For the time being, Alexa will take advantage of its new skill to personally tailor calls/messages, flash briefings, shopping activities and music playback via the Amazon Music Unlimited Family Plan. Then access Account Heading and finally, Your Voice. According to the company, 10 given phrases have to be repeated for training the assistant to recognize a particular voice.

The company explains that your data will be stored in the cloud, so it can be easily accessed to work across the Echo devices and nearly all third-party Alexa enabled devices.

Echo Show works with smart home devices such as cameras, lights, TVs, fans, thermostats, garages, sprinklers, and more.

They can be used to answer questions, such as a query about the weather today and tomorrow, for commerce, such as voice ordering a coffee from Starbucks, or to control other smart home devices.