Motorola going to use Amazon’s Alexa as voice assistant
From ‘Hello Moto’ which we normally hear when we come across Motorola smart phones to ‘Hey Alexa’
Motorola has just announced its partnership with the ecommerce giant Amazon that we as users will now see almost all the Motorola phones having voice assistant of Amazon known as Alexa tech embedded natively into it’s most devices in coming future.
Dan Dery Motorola’s Vice President of global product lead, while speaking at the press conference in Barcelona organized at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in his statement said:
“Later in 2017 we will all be able to see profound integration of Amazon’s Alexa on most of the Motorola smartphones with Alexa wake-up words. Users won’t be needing any keys to press, also no screen to unlock — users will simply talk to Amazon’s Alexa when the device will be around, and this is going to be in almost all of our devices moving forward,” he added.
Motorola’s Vice President of global product lead also showed the forthcoming concept for the hardware-extensible Moto Z Smartphone which is also going to integrate the Amazon’s voice technology in it’s core and is continuously going to update it.
Dery (Motorola’s Vice President of global product lead) was also joined on the stage by Amazon’s Director Alexa voice services and Alexa skills Jon Kirk, to give more information related to this partnership. Jon Kirk also talked about the growing numbers of third party partnerships, and also make public that Alexa now have more than 10,000 ‘skills’ that are built by the third party developers — which have enabled Amazon to extend functionality of its widely known voice-controlled virtual assistant (using a number of voice APIs).
Amazon’s Director Alexa voice services and Alexa skills Jon Kirk also told that Amazon is very excited about this collaboration with Motorola as Motorola aligns with company’s vision for the service, While talking more about the “momentum” behind voice tech & saying that the company also want to “offer more and more choices” for how Alexa Voice Assistant can be used.
Motorola is not the only or the first company to announce it’s plan to use Alexa and embed it onto its smartphone hardware. When we take a look back at CES Huawei also said that it will use Alexa on it’s mid-range phone that will be destined for United States. However, this partnership of Amazon with Motorola for handsets seems to be far more extensive though, Alexa can also already be found in many other different types of devices.
So, Motorola after this accouchement seems to be favoring Amazon’s Alexa over Google’s AI.