Amazon quietly acquired a start-up to make Alexa smarter

Amazon quietly acquired a start-up to make Alexa smarter

Amazon's Alexa digital assistant has largely been limited to the company's own hardware.

Amazon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature is rolling out now. Alexa is used in Amazon's smart speaker the Amazon Echo. The message, which can be read in its entirety below, stated that Alexa was now available through the application.

Back in March, Amazon added Alexa to its shopping app on iOS devices.

Amazon Is Launching A Series Of Alexa Training Workshops Worldwide

Amazon Alexa is jumping on board Android phones beginning this week as announced on Twitter Friday SGT by software engineer and Alexa champion Nick Schwab.

The Amazon app has previously featured basic voice commands for adding items to your cart, searching for products throughout Amazon, and tracking previous orders. Amazon likely decided where it should put Alexa based on how many people its mobile app can reach - which includes users who might not have a single idea what Alexa is for and what it can do. This particular tool may be the main motivation for Amazon's acquisition, sources speculate, with such a platform potentially being able to facilitate Alexa's process of learning new information by allowing it to sift through massive amounts of data more efficiently. In fact, they feel like it is more like an Alexa demo than a daily functionality.

Amazon may have found the answer in its latest purchase, Graphiq. However, this week, Alexa will be coming to Android too. The Alexa feature is still not live as of yet to all Android users yet.




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