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September 14, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We recently updated the Developer Portal to better serve the AVS community’s growing and diverse needs by making new self-service content publicly available, simplifying product capability management, adding new Analytics tools, and refreshing our overall look and feel.

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August 16, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Amazon Alexa is breaking out of the home. With the Alexa app on the HTC U11, you can bring the same voice control features you love at home on the road. By simply saying, “Alexa, turn on my air conditioning,” your home with will be nice and cool by the time you get home from work this summer. 

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August 16, 2017

Ted Karczewski

The Eufy Genie, a new far-field Alexa-enabled smart home device from Anker, hopes to be the key for customers who want to add hands-free voice control and cloud-based intelligence to every room in their home, connecting their favorite devices and services.

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July 26, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Today we introduce the Smart Life Roadshow, a traveling smart home that showcases the latest advances in intelligent voice technology. The roadshow features a 30-foot trailer outfitted with products integrated with the Alexa Voice Service, Intel supporting technology, and much more.

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June 21, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Today we’re excited to announce Display Cards for AVS, a new capability for your AVS product that uses visuals to complement Alexa voice responses for music, weather, calendar, and more. We have also updated our prototyping project for Raspberry Pi on GitHub to help you quickly get started.

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June 20, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We’re excited to announce that device makers building with the Alexa Voice Service can now offer their customers over 150 channels of SiriusXM programming—including commercial-free music, plus sports, news, comedy, entertainment, and more.

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May 31, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Alexa and ecobee are at the forefront of voice user interface (VUI) design. We spoke with Tarun Tuli, director of embedded systems at ecobee, to learn how he and his team are approaching product development with voice control as the primary user interface.

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May 22, 2017

Ted Karczewski

If you’re a Dish Network subscriber, or you’re thinking about becoming one, finding the perfect show or movie just got a lot easier with Alexa voice control. Dish Network subscribers can now voice control their TV experience with the Hopper DVR set-top box and the Echo Family of Devices.

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May 15, 2017

Ted Karczewski

We’re excited to introduce Cloud-Based Wake Word Verification, a new feature that improves “Alexa” wake word accuracy on AVS products by identifying and reducing false wakes caused by like-sounding words.

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May 04, 2017

Ted Karczewski



Today we’re excited to announce that Conexant has released a generally available 4-microphone development kit, making it easier and more cost-effective to build far-field products with Amazon Alexa. Far-field enables customers to speak to devices with Alexa from across the room.

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April 17, 2017

Ted Karczewski

In the 12 months since Invoxia launched Triby, its voice-controlled speaker and communications device with Alexa, the company has learned how to further optimize its flagship device to complement family life with new IoT and smart home features. Invoxia will launch the new Triby IO this summer.

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April 13, 2017

Ted Karczewski



Since the introduction of the Amazon Echo, users have been delighted by the magical far-field voice experiences it enables. Today we’re excited to announce that we are sharing our high-performance, far-field voice processing solution with third-party device manufacturers.

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March 22, 2017

Ted Karczewski

It’s here. Huawei released an over-the-air (OTA) update today bringing hands-free Amazon Alexa capabilities to Mate 9 smartphones in the US. New Mate 9 smartphones will ship with the Huawei Alexa application pre-installed, making it the first Android smartphone to have the cloud-based voice service as a native, out-of-the-box feature.

Huawei introduced its flagship Mate 9 device in the US at CES 2017. The Mate 9 was built smart, with a machine learning algorithm designed to improve device performance over time. Now, Mate 9 is even smarter thanks to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS).

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March 13, 2017

Ted Karczewski

The Ford Motor Company announced a two-phased approach to integrating Amazon Alexa into its 2017 line of vehicles at CES. The first phase makes it easy for electric Ford vehicle owners to connect to their cars from the comfort of their homes through the MyFord Mobile skill, which launched in late January 2017.

Customers with a Ford plug-in vehicle, such as the C-Max Energi, Fusion Energi, or Focus Electric, can enable the MyFord Mobile skill to issue a range of remote commands and obtain vehicle information.

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March 08, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Technology in the car keeps drivers informed and connected. Logitech, a global leader in personal computing and accessories, is using voice control and the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) to help drivers stay focused on the road.

The company built ZeroTouch, a product that enables drivers to use their voice to control mobile-based applications on their Android phones or access cloud-based services via Amazon Alexa.

ZeroTouch is a combination of hardware and software that creates a hands-free voice experience in any car. The magnetic hardware car mount holds a phone in place either on the car dash or an air vent. The ZeroTouch mobile application launches via BluetoothⓇ and its voice control feature is activated with the wave of a hand.

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