Amazon has shared a big update today on its progress with getting its Echo smart speakers and other Alexa enabled devices into the hands of consumers via The Verge. This holiday season has been a big success for the company’s AI and it has now sold over 100 million Alexa devices.
Amazon Alexa Stories January 4
Amazon Alexa Stories January 3
Apple’s Siri team far behind Amazon’s Alexa employee hiring rates
New data from Thinknum shows how hiring for Amazon’s Alexa platform is currently outpacing Apple’s attempts to grow the Siri team, at a rate of nearly 5:1. As of writing, there were about 750 job openings mentioning “Alexa” from Amazon, with just under 170 from Apple with specific mention of “Siri“.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 27, 2018
There’s an app currently circulating around Apple’s App Store pretending to be the official set-up companion for Amazon’s Alexa, and it’s fooled its way to the top of the download charts. At the time of this writing, the fake app sits at #60 overall in the general “Top Free” apps section, while in an even more concerning top 10 place under the Utilities sections at #6.
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Amazon Alexa Stories December 20, 2018
User data request gone bad: Amazon sent 1,700 Alexa voice recordings to the wrong person
After the EU’s GDPR passed earlier this year, tech companies have been required to let users request all the data kept on file. Now, we’re hearing about an unfortunate case where Amazon sent 1,700 Alexa voice recordings to the wrong user in Germany.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 19, 2018
Amazon promises Apple Music integration coming to third-party Alexa-enabled speakers after Echo exclusivity
Apple Music integration with Amazon Echo speakers has been an interesting development. At first Amazon did all the marketing, with Apple remaining mostly quiet. Yesterday, we spotted Apple promoting the functionality on the App Store and also shared a new trick.
Now, Amazon has confirmed that it will be rolling out Apple Music support for third-party Alexa-enabled speakers.
Amazon Alexa Stories December 3, 2018
iHome launches Alexa-enabled vanity mirror and bedside alarm clock with smart buttons
iHome has today announced two new speaker products with built-in Alexa support. The new vanity mirror includes 10x magnification, Bluetooth speaker, and a USB charging port. The new bedside alarm clock comes with a dimmable LED, programmable smart buttons, and more.