HP, ASUS, Acer bringing Amazon Alexa integration to laptops and desktops

09 January, 2018, 02:11 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs

Computer manufacturers HP, ASUS, and Acer are all adding support for the Amazon Alexa digital assistant, with more companies likely to continue the trend.

Amazon Alexa will roll out on Acer PCs in the U.S. via an update through Acer Care Center; other regions will get it in mid-2018.

From the first look, Pavilion Wave Wave with Alexa for Windows looks like a speaker with a custom LED to indicate Alexa and its state at the top.

It seems that, for the most part, Microsoft isn't sure what it wants to do with Cortana which debuted as a Windows Phone virtual assistant, much like Siri on the iPhone upon release.

No date was given as to when we can expect the Alexa app for Windows 10, but it should come in spring nonetheless. Intel's Smart Sound Technology will also be used in some devices for improved voice and audio interactions with Alexa. HP, ASUS, and Acer all made announcements at CES 2018 that they'd be adding Alexa to select desktops and laptops.

Amazon Alexa is coming to Windows 10 PCs
HP, ASUS, Acer bringing Amazon Alexa integration to laptops and desktops

Microsoft would be better served to see Cortana as a connective tissue, as a framework for people who want to get serious work done, and for business users.

Amazon's latest partnership with PC OEMs is separate from its partnership with Microsoft that aims to have Alexa and Cortana speak to each other. You'll need an Alexa device like the Echo or an Acer PC; download the Acer Projector Smart Home skill and say things like "Alexa, turn on the projector", "Alexa, select HDMI as the projector source", or "Alexa, change projector display mode to bright". You can use your Android phone and Google Assistant if you want, but Cortana will be passing data from your phone to your PC, both notifications, images and more so you can be productive. "Cortana and Alexa can co-exist".

Acer announced in its own press release that it would be rolling out Alexa to certain Aspire, Spin, Switch and Swift notebooks, as well as releasing Aspire all-in-one PCs in the first quarter of 2018.

The Pavilion Wave 600-a010t is meant to appeal to audiophiles, but it also includes some features that could make it useful for video calls and productivity. Things like checking the weather, seeing sports scores, and using the various Skills already available for the assistant will be supported in the app, so you really shouldn't miss out on a whole lot by using it when to other Alexa-enabled products. Details on ASUS's Alexa integration weren't immediately available.

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