Category Connected Devices

Amazon Echo

What Would Alexa Do?

High praise from Tim O’Reilly, amongst other things inventor of the term “Web 2.0”: Every once in a while, a product comes along that changes everyone’s expectations of what’s possible in user interfaces. The Mac. The World Wide Web. The iPhone. Alexa belongs in that elite group of game changers. He goes on to talk about […]

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Amazon’s SVP for Devices and Services Candidly Talks About Amazon’s Devices Strategy

David Limp, senior vice president at Amazon for devices and services, has been rather candid in recent interviews about Amazon’s devices strategy. First up, a summary at The New York Times on Amazon’s long term goals with Alexa: It wants the Alexa Voice Service, which powers Echo, to be an ingredient in devices around the […]

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Amazon Expects to Sell 10 Mio. Echo Devices Next Year, Probably Due to Internationalization

‘The Information’ is reporting on Amazon’s expectations for the company’s Echo device family (paywall): Amazon is hoping to sell as many as 10 million of its voice-activated Echo devices next year, which would make it a roughly $1 billion hardware business, according to a person with direct knowledge of the projections. (..) That would be […]

Amazon Echo Has a Head Start on Siri and Google Now

MG Siedler, a former tech blogger who is now a General Partner at Google Ventures, writes about Amazon Echo and Alexa: In fact, I think Echo makes it very clear that Apple (and to a lesser extent, Google) dropped a ball here. This is exactly how Siri should exist in your home. And this is […]

From AWS IoT Button to Launchpad Amazon Is Increasing Its Options

At its re:invent conference Amazon’s AWS also showed of the “AWS IoT Button”, which is sort of a white label Dash button. Amazon calls the AWS IoT button a “Hello World” sample device: The button is a beta prototype for developers to get started with AWS IoT (beta) and learn about all the features of AWS IoT […]

Hiku: A Potential Dash Platform For Walmart And Others

Before Amazon introduced the Dash buttons, it introduced the Dash wand. A gadget for scanning barcodes or simply saying the product name into the microphone in the kitchen to easily add products to the shopping cart on Amazon. The Dash is part of AmazonFresh and can still only be bought when invited. The Hiku is […]

‘QVC 2.0’ and beyond: Why Fire TV is Amazon’s most important device

All devices by Amazon are as we say in the end essentially their aquivalent to stores: [T]he Fire tablets, the Fire TV, the dash buttons, the Echo, all these are the future of business for Amazon. Not because there is much money in selling them directly but because they are the first building steps of […]

Amazon doubling down on hardware, talks about it endlessly in earnings release

I can’t stress enough how important their own devices are to Amazon’s future strategies and thus to Amazon itself. And apparently neither can Amazon. Business Insider Australia points out how much Amazon is talking about its hardware in its recent earnings release: Amazon isn’t showing any signs of slowing down its hardware ambitions. In fact, […]

Amazon’s AWS advantage

Jim Fowler, the chief information officer of General Electric, said, “A.W.S. will be the trusted partner that will run our company’s information technology for the next 140 years.” That’s how long G.E., founded by Thomas Edison, has been around. -New York Times’ Bits Blog reporting from AWS’ own re:Invent conference. Over the last week Amazon […]