Tag Archives: Amazon Echo

Forget Today’s Echo Look, Think Instead About Amazon Fashion in Voice-First in 10 Years

The newest Echo device from Amazon, the Echo Look, is a weird one at first look. But it hints at the range of services voice commerce will enable in the (near) future. Here’s Recode on the new Echo Look: The new version of the popular Echo — this one is being dubbed the Echo Look […]

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Alexa’s German Version Still in Kindergarten

On the 26th of October, Amazon Echo was supposed to launch in Germany with an invitation based system. It took Amazon until the 7th of November to send out emails to customers who where requesting invites to buy an Echo or Echo Dot to tell them that everyon will get one but that it may […]

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Flash Briefing: How Publishers Are Producing Dedicated News Formats for Alexa

For Alexa to be a strong platform for new kinds of ecommerce it needs to be a strong general-interest platform first, as I laid out in detail here. In essence, the platform needs to be, well, useful to users. Being the first platform of a kind (voice controlled, that is) to get signifcant enough traction […]

Post-PC Online Retail: Why and How Amazon is Building the Alexa Voice Platform

Why, one might wonder, do we talk so much about Amazon’s platforms from Alexa to Fire TV and DRS (Dash Replenishment Service) on here? What does this have to do with online retail? A TV set-top box with a software platform has nothing to do with retail, right? And neither does a voice interface gadget, […]

Screenless E-Commerce: Amazon Echo Is A New Interface To The Internet

Josh Stearns, Director, Journalism & Sustainability for Dodge Foundation, writes on Medium about his experience with Amazon Echo: [After] almost a year of owning an Echo I’m amazed by how it has shifted how I access news and information, creating a layer of on-demand audio that I find myself relying on more and more. I’ve […]

Codename “Fox”: Will Amazon’s Coming Portable Version of Echo Be Like a Smartphone?

The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is going to release a new portable Version of its Echo Speaker: In the coming weeks, Amazon expects to release a smaller, portable version of its voice-activated tabletop Echo speaker, building off the device’s surprise success since it was released in November 2014, according to people familiar with […]

Why Ford and Others Are Going to Integrate Amazon Echo/Alexa

At this years CES Ford announced a coming integration of Amazon Echo and the Alexa voice service. Drivers will be able to speak to their Echo devices to, for example, unlock their cars or check the fuel level. In the car, drivers will be able to talk to Amazon’s virtual assistant Alexa (the technology behind […]

Echo is just like a store for Amazon & third-party retailers help spreading it now

A year after its debut, Amazon Echo is coming to third-party physical stores. GeekWire: The Echo will be available at Staples, The Home Depot, Sears, Fred Meyer and various other big box and electronics stores. It’s coming to more than 3,000 retail locations across the U.S. in time for holiday shopping. It will cost the same $179.99 as […]

Amazon Echo keeps adding functionalities, becoming a strong platform

Amazon is working hard to add functionality to its Amazon Echo in hope of creating a viable cornerstone for its smart home platform. There is almost no week without a new partnership being announced. The newest one is Yelp. Search Engine Land: Echo has already had an extremely limited local search toolset — owners could […]

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, […]