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You May Soon Find Alexa (Nearly) Everywhere

Consumers were once limited to searching from their desktops, but today they are also using intelligent assistants and industry watchers seem to expect that the trend will only grow in the future. 

Amazon, for example, announced that it is opening up access to developer tools that will allow commercial device makers to build products that are powered by its virtual Alexa assistant.

The new Alexa Voice Search Device SDK toolset will enable companies to add a fully functional version of Alexa to their devices that is able to handle speech recognition as well as other functionality including streaming media, using timers and alarms, notifications, weather reporting and accessing other Alexa skills.

Amazon highlighted a few of these initiatives in a blog post for developers this week, including Technicolor, which is adding Alexa to its Home Networking Gateway and Extender; and Berlin-based smart home device maker, Senic, which is adding Alexa to COVI, its smart home hub.

Scroll down for a video on getting started with the AVS Device SDK. 

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