Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Wayne Curry

Amazon Alexa Is Now Available on HP, Acer, and Asus Computers

Amazon Alexa Is Now Available on HP, Acer, and Asus Computers

Amazon is continuing its quest to put Alexa into every corner of your digital life as the company today announces that the voice assistant will be soon available on Windows 10 computers, the home turf of Microsoft's Cortana. At CES, a number of Windows 10 PC manufacturers are announcing their own partnerships with Amazon to integrate Alexa into their devices, a separate initiative with the apparent goal of bringing full Alexa features to Windows 10 devices.

Some notebook editions such as Spin 5 and Switch 7 Black Edition powered with 4 digital microphones and Acer Purified Voice can activate Alexa up to 9ft from the user, and the ones with dual microphones within3 ft from the user.

At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week, several Windows PC manufacturers announced new computers coming in 2018 that will support Amazon's popular voice assistant, Alexa, all hands-free - just like how you'd interact with an Amazon Echo. That computer, like Acer's Amazon-supported PCs, also contains custom Intel audio processors that are meant to help Alexa better hear and respond to people's voices.

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The voice recognition system enabled by Amazon Alexa provides a wide range of services to the users of compatible Acer PCs and notebooks. Amazon's digital assistant was already available for everyone as a web app, but it's not clear yet if this new desktop app will be restricted to select PCs with special mics. Since all of these devices have a screen or can be connected to a monitor, Alexa will be able to display information in addition to providing audio feedback.

This could be a huge win for Amazon, which is now trying to stay ahead of Google with regard to in-home digital assistants. The extension of the Alexa Voice Service is already being utilized by brands like Bose, Jabra, and iHome, according to an Alexa developer blog post.

With Amazon Alexa, users with compatible Acer notebooks and PCs can get more done by asking Alexa to check their calendar, create lists and answer questions; be entertained by asking Alexa to play their favourite music, podcasts or audiobooks. This interestingly makes Alexa a tougher competitor for Cortana. "This is a big step toward making Alexa available wherever customers might need her". Additional support for Alexa-PC control of things like making calls and sending messages, and the ability to see security camera feeds may be added in the future.

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