Based on artificial intelligence and third-party cooperation of intelligent voice assistant, a hot topic in the technology industry, and Amazon Alexa successfully staged later come, so that Google, Apple and other manufacturers ashamed. Recently, Amazon announced that Alexa has a number of features exceeded 10,000 mark.
According to the US science and technology news website VentureBeat reported that it should be noted that, although the Amazon is the development of their own, but also external hardware devices will be open, so this ten thousand features accurately said Alexa function, not just the Amazon's smart speakers Echo function.
Initially, Amazon through the Echo speakers show Alexa's strong ability, triggering a high degree of concern in the technology industry. Followed by Google and other companies to follow the example of Amazon launched a smart speaker, reported that Apple is also developing similar products.
At the beginning of last year, Alexa had a function of only 130, and in November last year, more than 5000 mark.
For the average consumer, the voice assistant to complete the main functions include the control of mobile phones, send text messages, search network video, control smart home equipment (such as pull curtains), consult weather information, news, network song, and even control their own car The
In mid-2015, Amazon officially opened the third party development team Alexa, which means that they can add new features for Alexa, such as a door lock manufacturers can launch the command Alexa door open function. Later, Amazon also opened a "Alexa functional market" to allow users to search for new features.
Amazon said there are tens of thousands of third-party developers are increasing the Alexa function.
This scenario, similar to Google Android and Apple iOS ecosystem, a large number of third-party application software developers. However, compared with the smart phone software, voice assistant and voice interface is considered in the home, outdoor and other scenes, more efficient. For example, if a consumer with a cell phone control of a home appliance equipment, far better than the smart speaker command order more convenient.
The information released by Amazonians shows that Alexa's most important features are focused on the following types: news, games, education, lifestyle, humor, and so on.
Ranked first in the use of the Alexa function is "history of today ', this is an external history website provides encyclopedia function, the equivalent of a daily history lesson.
Ranked second function is "pillow small story" can give a child, about a minute story.
In the voice assistant market, Amazon is almost the last entry, later than Google, Microsoft, Apple, the three companies. But Amazon is relying on advanced technology and openness, is fast catch up with rivals. Data show that Google Voice Assistant "Google Assistant" has not yet exceeded the function of a hundred species.
At the beginning of this year's Las Vegas International Consumer Electronics Show, Amazon Alexa has also become a behind-the-scenes hero, implanted in a large number of external hardware products. It is reported that Huawei, LG and other first-line smart phone manufacturers, but also prepared in the flagship model implanted Alexa, to the user presents a rich voice user interface.
Voice assistant third-party function development, and then the rise of mobile APP similar. According to industry agencies, some features are not practical, such as Google and Amazon only 3% of the voice function, in the new user after a week to obtain a stable follow-up visit.
Apple's voice assistant Siri, accused of intelligence is relatively low, limited number of functions. Siri's outdated contrast to Alexa's catch-up. Apple has been aware of the new technology R & D ineffective crisis, is stepping up investment in artificial intelligence and machine learning, hoping to improve Siri's "IQ".