In June 2015, Amazon announcedopenAlexa, a third-party developer, can develop voice-based skills on the Alexa platform, and these skills can be applied to the home life of consumers through the Amazon Echo smart speakers.
A year and a half later, Alexa skills to achieveMore than 7,000, Growing faster and faster.
January 4, held in Las Vegas at the CES 2017 show, Amazon is responsible for Echo, Alexa and application store vice president Mike George announced the figure. At that time, he was participating in LG held a smart refrigerator conference, and the refrigerator built on the Amazon smart voice assistant Alexa.
In this conference, George declared:
In fact, Alexa skills at the beginning of the opening is very slow, even in the initial period of time, in order to attract developers, Amazon launched a $ 100 million investment fundAlexa Fund. In 2016 February, Uber to achieve the support of Alexa, when Alexa skills to reach hundreds; to September, this figure has more than 3000; 3 months later, more than5,000 items.
In other words, at most a month after the time, Alexa skills suddenly increased by 2000 items.
With the participation of third-party developers, Alexa skills cover more and more; In addition to query the weather, ask questions and other basic functions, Alexa has also been able to support Uber taxi, query recipes, control appliances and many other functions. It is worth noting that, Alexa can only interact through the voice.
Currently, support for Alexa hardware in addition to Amazon's own Echo speaker series, including LG's smart refrigerator, Lenovo's intelligent speakers, etc.; that is, Alexa is not only open for third-party developers, has also been open for third-party hardware vendors . In fact, love Fan children (micro-ID: ifanr), the Amazon is trying to fight AlexaAnother & ldquo; Android & rdquo;.
Lenovo's smart speakers
However, in addition to Amazon's Alexa, Google is also with its own Google Assistant in the field of smart TV and other formations, Google Home is in the front with the Amazon Echo speaker competition;rumorSaid Microsoft is also trying to get involved in this field through Cortana and Windows 10.
In the long run, giants' competition will inevitably extend from smartphones to people's homes.