Harman Kardon announces the exquisite Allure Portable smart speaker with Alexa

Harman Kardon, a well-known company that dabbles in the audio and visual technology, has just announced yet another premium product, a follow-up to the Allure smart speaker that was announced at IFA 2017, only this one is portable.

The new Harman Kardon Allure Portable will be available for purchase starting this spring for $199, $50 cheaper than its regular brother. Customers will be able to get one via Amazon or Harman Kardon’s online store.

It’s powered by Alexa, which features more than 20,000 skills, but since Amazon is adding new ones every month, it’s probably going to have …


Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018

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It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week


Next week, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a company named Vuzix will introduce a new pair of AR smartglasses that will feature Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Throughout last year, Alexa was added to non-Amazon devices including the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9 and a Moto Mod for the Motorola Moto Z series. Just the other day, Amazon said that it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will help developers add the personal assistant to fitness trackers, smartwatches and other devices.

Mining the same vein is Vuzik. The company’s smartglasses …

Amazon announces Alexa is coming to headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers

One of the best voice-activated assistants, Alexa will be implemented in devices other than smart speakers, Amazon confirmed recently. The US giant announced it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will allow developers to bring Alexa to portable devices like headphones, smartwatches and fitness trackers.

According to Amazon, the new kit enables developers to integrate Alexa in portable devices without having to perform serious coding. Apparently, Bluetooth-enabled devices built with the new kit can connect directly to the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) via the Amazon Alexa …

Wrapping up 2017 for tech's surprise personality of the year, virtual assistant Alexa

What a year 2017 was for Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. The success of Alexa this year went hand-in-hand with the success of the smart speaker category in general, and the Amazon Echo line specifically. In addition, Alexa was also spotted on other non Amazon products. For example, owners of the HTC U11 flagship phone can choose between Alexa and Google Assistant when they have a task that requires the use of a personal assistant. Alexa can also be found on the Huawei Mate 9 and on any Moto Z phone that is sporting the Moto Mod Speaker with Amazon Alexa accessory.

This year, Alexa …

Alexa tops App Store charts for the first time, revealing strength of Echo sales during the holidays


Loyal PhoneArena readers know that all throughout 2017, we told you to expect smart speakers to enjoy very strong sales during the holiday shopping season. And this seems to be the case as the iOS version of Amazon’s Alexa app is topping the U.S. App Store charts for the first time. Before the Christmas holidays, the Alexa app ranked in a range between number 60 and number 90. The sudden surge to the top surely indicates that quite a few people found an Echo smart speaker under the tree or in a Chanukah themed box toward the tail end of this month. Just yesterday, Amazon said that the Echo …

You can now use Alexa to shop at Best Buy

2017 has been a great year for Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Straying from its original spot on the Amazon Echo smart speakers, we’ve seen Alexa on the HTC U11, the Huawei Mate 9 and every Moto Z and Moto Z2 handset sporting the Amazon Alexa Moto Mod. The latter, by the way, is now available from Verizon and B& H Photo, priced at $149.99. It features four microphones and batteries that will run for 15-hours.

Now, Alexa users can tap the personal assistant to do some shopping from Best Buy. To do this, they will have to add the Best Buy skill to Alexa. Once that is accomplished, …

Images of upcoming Moto Mods leak; Amazon Alexa speaker and Polaroid Insta-share printer surface

Back in February, during MWC 2017 in Barcelona, Motorola announced several new Moto Mods for the Moto Z and Moto Z2 series. Among the modular accessories introduced were the Amazon Alexa speaker and the Polaroid Insta-Share printer. Today, tipster extraordinaire Evan Blass sent out a tweet that gives us a look-see at both new MotoMods. The Alexa speaker converts your Moto Z(2) into a handheld Echo smart speaker thanks to the presence of virtual assistant Alexa. The latter will control your smart home, give you the latest news and weather, allow you to shop by voice through Amazon, and much more.  …

Amazon said to be working on its first wearable device, Alexa powered smartglasses

We’ve often called 2017 the year of Alexa, as Amazon’s virtual personal assistant has riden the sharp growth in smart speakers this year to become a major player in tech. Originally found on the Amazon Echo, Alexa is now offered on smartphones like the HTC U11 and the U.S. version of the Huawei Mate 9. With the number of its “skills” on the rise, Alexa is trying to overtake Siri, Google Assistant and Cortana.

According to the Financial Times, who was tipped by someone in the know, Amazon is working on its first wearable device. This would be an Alexa powered pair of smartglasses that would …

New Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet comes with Alexa hands-free, costs as low as $149


Amazon just announced a brand new Fire HD 10 tablet that replaces
the similarly-named model released back in 2015. Just like all of Amazon’s
tablets, the new Fire HD 10 is aimed at users on a budget, so it doesn’t offer
high-end features. Still, the device stands out by being the very first Fire
tablet to come with Amazon Alexa voice integration – this way, you’ll be able to
ask Alexa to perform various tasks for you, including pausing videos, play
music, read audiobooks, show weather reports, and so on.

 

The Fire HD 10 2017 sports a 10.1-inch display with 1920 x
1200 pixels, and is …