Lenovo's Smart Assistant Is An Amazon Echo Alternative

Lenovo's Smart Assistant Is An Amazon Echo Alternative

Lenovo's Smart Assistant Is An Amazon Echo Alternative

Lenovo's Smart Assistant features eight different microphones and will do nearly anything its primary competitor does, albeit at a lower price and with better speakers.

The next phase, in summer, will see greater integration in the vehicle, letting drivers make a variety of requests from Alexa, including some of the same things an Alexa device in the home can respond to.

Information about a Ford auto will initially be available through Alexa-enabled devices later this month.A larger rollout with the ability to add Alexa skills is scheduled for mid-2017.

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This integration will roll out in two phases. However, it seems that the market is set to become slightly more crowded as Lenovo, the largest PC maker in the world, has chose to build their own speaker while still using Amazon's Alexa smart assistant. Steve Rabuchin, vice president, Amazon Alexa said "We're excited to work with an innovative company such as Lenovo to bring the Lenovo Smart Assistant with Alexa to customers this spring".

There's a ring around the top that lights up when Alexa is listening, and you can control the volume by turning a dial atop the LED.

And then there are the products that you can't talk to directly, but can control using an Alexa-powered device.

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After Amazon and Google, it is now Lenovo's turn to launch its own smart speakers. Today's announcements helped to clarify that, but there will surely be more info and details about exactly how Alexa will be used and any potential limitations in the coming days.

Amazon Inc made its presence truly felt at CES, regardless of whether or not you find Jeff Bezos to give a keynote. One key upload ensures easy transfers from portable USB storage to the device. For example, Prime members can re-order from a specific listing or a certain type of cuisine by saying, "Alexa, order tapas from Amazon Restaurants".

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