Motorola Smartphones To Get Alexa Integration
Motorola, which is now owned by Lenovo, recently announced its partnership with Amazon.
The partnership will offer Amazon’s voice-assistant Alexa installed in most of Motorola’s smartphones this year. Alexa is mechanized with machine learning and AI. Capturing the right moment when Google Assistant is being rolled out to phones Android Marshmallow 6.0 and above, this is an interesting move by Motorola as even Motorola phones run on android itself. We are still not sure if the mid-range phones of Motorola will have this Alexa integration.
Motorola’s blog post wrote, “Later this year, we’ll add Alexa integration into our phones — and you won’t have to unlock the phone first.” Later in the year, Motorola will first install a new Amazon Alexa integration in Moto Z. Users will then be able to do their everyday tasks like controlling their smart home device, check the news, request for an Uber, etc. with the help of this modification.
Indian users won’t benefit much with this new feature but Amazon Alexa is available in the US, UK, Germany, and Austria as of now. Alexa- Amazon’s voice-assistant is based on machine learning & AI and can perform various tasks from sending messages, making calls to playing music, Alexa has also been collaborated with third-party applications like Uber whereas Google Assistant is still in the process of adding the third-party collaborations.
Being a part of Amazon’s Echo and Dot home speakers, Alexa can also be used to control smart devices. This is not the first Amazon-Lenovo partnership. At the Consumer Electronics Show 2017, Lenovo had revealed a new home speaker mechanized with Amazon Alexa, so this marks the next step towards the partnership for Amazon and Lenovo. This new home speaker mechanized with Amazon Alexa depends upon the user’s voice command and is known as Lenovo Smart Assistant. Using Alexa, this speaker can be used for web search, playing music, calendar updates, etc.
Digital voice-assistants are the next huge trend in 2017 & this is the right time at which Amazon’s Alexa is entering into the market while Google Assistant is its biggest competitor. Car manufacturers like Ford and Volkswagen have also revealed at the Consumers Electronics Show, 2017 that Alexa would be installed in their cars pretty soon. It’s a win-win situation for all in this case.
According to their blogpost, Motorola has big plans for coming up with more Moto Models like Moto Power Pack which increases the phone’s battery by half without making the phone very heavy and it also has a special efficiency mode which charges the phone automatically in order to keep the power at its highest point. This Moto Mod is available at $49. Motorola is also planning to launch Moto models which mainly focus on the power, including a wireless charging Moto Mod, a Turbo Power Moto Mod, and a charging adapter. Motorola is also launching a Gamepad Moto Mod which along with an integrated battery and by adding physical controls will transform the phone into a mobile gaming system.
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by techtalks @TechTalks June 1, 2017 12:06 PM UTC