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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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March 07, 2017

Ted Karczewski

In 2016, tens of thousands of developers visited the Alexa GitHub to learn how to build their own Alexa-enabled prototype with the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) and a Raspberry Pi. The community built some amazing projects, from magic mirrors and voice-enabled coffee machines to talking fish and alarm clocks.

If you’re new to voice user interface (VUI) design or you just want to learn more about AVS, the webinar recording below covers key concepts and examples around hardware selection, AVS development tools for commercial developers, best practices for enabling hands-free voice interaction, and how to build a robust Alexa Voice Service client.

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February 07, 2017

Ted Karczewski


Today we’re excited to announce that the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) is now available for developers building voice-enabled products for the UK and Germany. AVS localization provides you with language and region-specific services to expand your audience and delight new customers. With a few lines of code, you can upgrade any product with Alexa to access localized languages and skills in the UK, Germany, and US. Now your end customers can speak with Alexa and receive responses and content in their preferred language and region.

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February 06, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Today a speaker is not just a speaker—it’s a connected device we use to play music when we want, where we want, and from whatever service we prefer. New cloud-based, streaming media providers have given us greater control over our music libraries, creating magical and memorable experiences every time we hit “play”.

More than ever, convenience matters, and that’s where Linkplay excels.

Who Is Linkplay?

Linkplay is a turnkey Wi-Fi audio solution provider that works with device manufacturers to build connected speaker products at various price points and for a growing number of use cases. Whether you want to build a high-end product for the home or a durable portable speaker for camping trips, Linkplay offers customizable product solutions, complete with the latest technologies, to meet your needs.

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January 19, 2017

Ted Karczewski

Meet the Sugr Cube, a portable minimalist Wi-Fi speaker system now with Amazon Alexa.

With a growing number of smart products found in the home today, form factor design has become just as important as the technology found under the hood. Customers want smart home products that make their lives easier, but not at the expense of personal taste and design aesthetic. That’s where Sugr, a global innovator in high-definition Wi-Fi audio systems, comes in.

Customers can stream music from Spotify with Spotify Connect technology, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, and more just by tapping and asking. The speaker also responds to unique gestures or movements—customers can play music with simple touch commands, with rocking motions, or with the companion mobile application.

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