Amazon’s Alexa has gained 15,000 skills


Amazon Alexa, an intelligent personal assistant developed by Amazon, now has more than 15,000 “skills” (Amazon’s term for voice-based apps), nearly all of them created in the little more than two years since Amazon opened Alexa to outside developers. That is boatloads more than the number of apps available for Alexa’s chief rivals, Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana.

All those skills make Alexa able to do more tasks than its peers. But Amazon’s “arms-wide-open” strategy means that, for every useful skill its assistant gains, it gets three skills dedicated to telling you egg facts. What’s more, Alexa is the dumbest of the major assistants when it comes to answering general knowledge questions, according to a recent study.

But if the goal is to create something as ubiquitous as a new computing interface, being open to all kinds of skills isn’t the worst idea. Amazon and Alexa are closest to that point today; time will tell if they can work out the kinks.

Within the developing of Alexa, many technology companies have been building the devices in which compete or integrate with Alexa. In this time, a Chinese firm has unveiled the country’s first voice-activated smart home speaker – its answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home. The DingDong, by technology company Beijing LingLong, uses voice interaction to do tasks such as playing music and switching on home appliances. The device is said to understand Mandarin, Cantonese and basic English.

DingDong device

In other way, in Vietnam, FPT has researched and developed Rogo Alfa, the smart remote to control all devices in house and can integrate with Amazon Alexa.

Rogo Alfa

Alexa is capable of voice interaction, music playback, making to-do lists, setting alarms, streaming podcasts, playing audiobooks, and providing weather, traffic, and other real time information and so on. Alexa can also control several smart devices using itself as a home automation system. Currently, interaction and communication with Alexa is only available in English and German.

According to Tech Insider, BBC


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