Amazon Alexa: News

Alexa is Amazon's cloud-based voice service available on several devices made by Amazon and third-party device manufacturers. The e-commerce giant claims that "with Alexa, you can build natural voice experiences that offer a customer more intuitive ways to interact with the technology they use every day." Alexa broadly comes under the classification of an artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistant. Similar solutions include Google Assistant and Apple's Siri. Alexa was first introduced in 2013 and featured for the first time on the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Today, Alexa is available on the Amazon Echo platform, Fire OS, iOS, Android, Linux, and Windows. Alexa's capabilities include voice interactions, music playback, podcast streaming, playing audiobooks, providing weather traffic sports, and other real-time information including news, and making to-do lists. The voice assistant can be activated for listening to commands using the "Alexa" hotword. This hotword can be changed for every Alexa device you have. Additionally, Amazon offers a variety of voices including male, female, and celebrity voices on a regular basis. You can choose any of these voices for the Alexa service. Alexa's capabilities can be expanded by installing "skills" developed by third-party vendors for compatibility with their offerings.

19 May 2024


Amazfit BIP 5 Unity smartwatch launched in India at ₹7,000

Amazfit has expanded its smartwatch portfolio in India with the launch of the BIP 5 Unity. This new model follows last year's release of the BIP 5.

11 Apr 2024


Amazon ends bonus payments for Alexa developers

Amazon has announced the discontinuation of its paid incentives for Alexa developers, marking the end of the Alexa Developer Rewards Program.

08 Jan 2024

Latest Gadget Launch

Now, you can ask Alexa to clean your lazy butt

Kohler, a top-tier plumbing and sanitaryware brand, has unveiled an innovative voice-activated bidet seat, the PureWash E930, which is compatible with standard toilets.

29 Nov 2023


Amazon's new smart glasses offer improved performance but no AR

Amazon has unveiled the third generation of its Echo Frames, sporting a lighter design and enhanced audio quality. It costs $270 (around Rs. 22,500).

18 Nov 2023


Why Amazon is eliminating hundreds of positions within Alexa division

Amazon is cutting hundreds of jobs in the Alexa voice assistant division, as revealed by an email from Daniel Rausch, the vice president of Alexa and Fire TV, reported Reuters.

14 Nov 2023

Latest Gadget Launch

Nuki launches world's first Matter-over-Thread smart lock: Check features

Austrian smart lock manufacturer Nuki has unveiled the Nuki Smart Lock 4.0, the "world's first smart lock to fully integrate Matter."

19 Oct 2023

Tata Motors Ltd

Tata's latest cars come with Alexa voice support: Check features

Tata Motors is teaming up with Amazon to bring Alexa to its latest vehicles. This includes the Nexon, Nexon.ev, Harrier, and Safari SUVs.

20 Sep 2023


Amazon's 2023 Devices and Services Event: Here are key announcements

US tech giant Amazon held its annual 'Devices and Services' event at its recently opened office in Arlington, Virginia today.

01 Jun 2023


Amazon will pay $30mn to settle Alexa, Ring privacy violations

Amazon was at the receiving end of two lawsuits by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over privacy violations. However, the regulator has decided not to proceed further against the tech giant.

05 May 2023


How Amazon plans to revamp Alexa with AI chatbot technology

Voice assistants were once considered futuristic. However, in a world of ChatGPT and Bard, they have become redundant.

How will voice assistants fare against AI chatbots in future

Generative AI is the talk of the town. AI chatbots that can answer questions and complete tasks with alacrity have caught the imagination of everyone.

08 Nov 2022


Amazfit Band 7 goes on sale: Should you buy?

Amazfit's latest smart band in India, the Amazfit Band 7, is now up for grabs via the brand's official website for Rs. 2,999. It also goes on sale through Amazon later today.

21 Sep 2022

Latest Gadget Launch

Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones launched at Rs. 27,000: Check features

Sony has introduced the WH-1000XM5 as its latest wireless noise-canceling headphones in India.

07 Aug 2022


Gizmore GIZFIT 910 Ultra smartwatch debuts with 15-day battery life

Homegrown Gizmore has launched a new budget-range smartwatch in India dubbed the "GIZFIT 910 Ultra."

31 Jul 2022

Google Assistant

PTron Tangent Duo neckband, with 24-hour playback, launched in India

PTron has introduced the new Tangent Duo wireless Bluetooth neckband in India. The earphones are up for grabs via Amazon.

21 Jul 2022


#DealOfTheDay: Echo Buds (2nd Gen) available at Rs. 6,500 discount

Amazon has made its Echo devices available for purchase with steep discounts, ahead of its upcoming Prime Day sale.

19 Jul 2022


Amazon Prime Day sale: Deals on Fire TV, Echo devices

The two-day Amazon Prime Day sale is all set to go live from July 23. The e-commerce giant has revealed some of the offers, including amazing deals on Fire TV as well as Echo devices.

11 Jul 2022


#DealOfTheDay: This robotic vacuum cleaner is cheaper by Rs. 45,000

Amazon's best-seller ECOVACS DEEBOT U2 PRO robotic vacuum cleaner is currently available for purchase with a massive discount. In fact, with this deal, you can get one for under Rs. 20,000.

03 Jul 2022

Wear OS

Fossil Gen 6 Venture Edition smartwatch goes official in India

Fossil has introduced a new Gen 6 series smartwatch in India, called the Gen 6 Venture Edition.

26 Jun 2022


Fossil Gen 6 Hybrid smartwatch debuts with Amazon Alexa support

Fossil has unveiled its Gen 6 Hybrid smartwatch. In the US, it carries a starting price tag of $229 (around Rs. 17,900) and will go on sale tomorrow i.e. June 27 via the company's official website and other retail outlets.

21 Jun 2022


2022 Hyundai VENUE SUV: Top features and highlights explained

Hyundai's 2022 VENUE is up for grabs in India at an introductory price of Rs. 7.53 lakh (ex-showroom). The company has already received over 15,000 bookings for the facelifted model.

14 Jun 2022

Mahindra & Mahindra

Mahindra Scorpio-N's interiors revealed: Sony audio, built-in Alexa, leather seats

Mahindra is gearing up to launch the new-generation Scorpio-N in India on June 27.

13 Jun 2022


Samsung Smart Monitor M8, with 4K display, launched: Check price

Samsung has launched the Smart Monitor M8 in India. The device features a 32-inch 4K display, a detachable wireless SlimFit Camera, and two built-in 5W speakers.

24 Oct 2021


TikTok star discovers the shocking things Alexa records about you

A TikTok star who goes by "" shared a video documenting her surprise when she discovered how much data Amazon has collected about her from smart speakers and smart bulbs.

08 Oct 2021


Amazon takes another step to improve Alexa's accessibility

Your human companions may zone out during conversations but that shouldn't be the case with programmatically controlled voice assistants, right?

29 Sep 2021


Here's everything Amazon unveiled at its event

Last night, e-commerce major Amazon wrapped up its fall product launch event in style. The company announced new gadgets including a home robot named Astro, the company's first smart thermostat to rival Google Nest, and the wall-mountable Echo Show 15 smart speaker.

20 Aug 2021


Have Alexa? Ask Amitabh Bachchan to tell you a joke!

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan's voice is something any Indian can recognize.

24 Jul 2021


Amazon quietly introduces Alexa's male voice, gender-neutral wake word 'Ziggy'

AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered voice assistants have long drawn users' ire for using a female voice by default.

20 Jun 2021


Indian Alexa-enabled devices get free access to Audible's 'Sleep' selection

Amazon-owned online audiobook and podcast platform, Audible, is beginning to make its presence felt in the Indian subcontinent. The company has now introduced five audio series focused on sleep and relaxation to help people sleep better amid the pandemic.

01 Jun 2021


Amazon will soon share your internet with neighbors (US only)

If you use Alexa or Echo devices, Amazon's newest experiment gives you a week to opt-out before the e-commerce giant hands a slice of your network bandwidth to your neighborhood.

15 Oct 2020


How Blogchatter is helping bloggers blog better

A Google search of 'blogging in India' will show various hacks of becoming a blogger.

08 Oct 2020


Now, Amazon Fire TV offers 'Live TV' with Alexa integration

In a bid to upgrade the streaming experience of its customers, Amazon has launched a new 'Live TV' feature for Fire TV devices in India.

25 Sep 2020


This smart speaker by Amazon can follow you around

At its mega hardware event last night, Amazon made a flurry of tempting announcements.

25 Sep 2020


NewsBytes Briefing: Amazon announces ball-shaped Echo products, and more

Last night, Amazon made major headlines by showcasing plenty of products.

14 Sep 2020


Soon, you will hear Amitabh Bachchan speak on Alexa devices

In a bid to grow its footprint in the Indian market, Amazon is bringing a way to hear Amitabh Bachchan speak on Alexa-powered Echo devices.

25 Jun 2020


Honda opens bookings for its 2020 City in India

Honda has started accepting bookings for both the diesel and petrol variants of the upcoming 2020 City.

18 Jun 2020


Ahead of launch, 2020 Honda City's key specifications revealed

Honda has revealed the key features and specifications of its all-new fifth-generation City that is likely to be launched in India next month.

03 Jun 2020


Courtesy coronavirus, hotel industry stares at oblivion; recovery unlikely soon

In the months to come, nations are bound to ease restrictions. Some, like India, have already started. But it will be long before the hotel industry bounces back to the pre-coronavirus days.

21 Apr 2020


India-bound 2021 Audi A3 breaks cover: Details here

German automaker Audi has pulled the covers off the 2021 edition of its premium sedan, the A3. The next-generation model comes with a revamped and sportier design, updated interiors, and new mild-hybrid engines.

21 Apr 2020

Jeep Compass

Here's what the Jeep Compass (facelift) will offer

Jeep India is working to launch the facelifted version of one of its popular SUVs, the Compass, in the country by the end of this year.

28 Mar 2020


Amazon's Alexa can help with preliminary coronavirus diagnosis: Here's how

In a bid to allay all your concerns regarding the novel coronavirus disease, Amazon has built a new triage tool in Alexa.

25 Feb 2020


Here's what different ring colors on your Amazon Echo mean

Amazon's Echo devices, known for their handy Alexa-powered features, sport fancy light rings.

06 Feb 2020


Indians told Alexa 'I love you' once every minute

Alexa's ability to handle day-to-day tasks is appreciated globally. But according to Amazon, no one loves the assistant more than Indians, who, surprisingly enough, have been confessing their feelings to the AI.

04 Jan 2020


#CES2020: Samsung to showcase robots capable of reading facial expressions

In a matter of days, Samsung plans to host an event at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

29 Dec 2019


#NewsBytesWeeklyRecap: Alexa suggests suicide, messaging app spying, WhatsApp fraud, more

Even as the world celebrated Christmas this week, there were some interesting developments in the sphere of technology.

26 Dec 2019


#TechBytes: Some fun tricks you can try on Echo speaker

Amazon's Alexa-powered Echo device can be a really powerful digital aide - if you know how to use it.

24 Dec 2019


Amazon Alexa tells user to kill herself for 'greater good'

Recently, a paramedic student in the United Kingdom was left horrified after seeking the help of Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa to study.

23 Dec 2019


Apple, Google, Amazon teaming up to build open smart home

In a major move, Apple, Google, and Amazon are teaming up for a project to create open smart homes.

19 Dec 2019


Best gadgets to start your 2020 on a 'tech' note

If we can look past the innumerable data leaks, the year 2019 has been great in the tech world. Over the past 11.5 months, we have seen impressive smartphones, laptops, wearables, and other essential tech gadgets.

13 Dec 2019


Now, hear Samuel L. Jackson's voice on your Echo device

If you are tired of listening to the usual voice of Alexa on your Echo device, there is now an alternative - Samuel L. Jackson.

11 Dec 2019


Amazon's Fire TV-based Onida smart TVs launched in India

Amazon has partnered with Onida to launch its Fire TV-based smart televisions in India.

04 Dec 2019


Amazon launches its first-ever portable Echo smart speaker in India

In a major surprise, Amazon has added another member into its smart speaker family in India - a new avatar of Echo Input.

28 Nov 2019


Now, Amazon's Alexa will talk with emotions. Scary times ahead!

A virtual assistant with emotions? Are we in Black Mirror-esque dystopian world?

26 Nov 2019


Mi Smart LED Desk Lamp 1S launched via Mi Crowdfunding

As the latest addition to its portfolio of smart home products, Xiaomi has launched the Mi Smart LED Desk Lamp 1S in India today via the company's crowdfunding platform.

21 Nov 2019


2019 BMW 3-Series v/s Mercedes C-Class: Which one is better?

The latest editions of the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class are out there waiting for your money. But with both models offering newer, sportier designs, improved performance, better safety features, and several new hi-tech stuff in the cabin, which one should you invest in?

10 Nov 2019


Browser bug exploited to hack Amazon Alexa: Details here

When it comes to smart assistants, Amazon's Alexa is one of the undisputed winners.

09 Nov 2019


How Alexa, Google Assistant can be hacked using lasers/flashlight

Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple's Siri have long drawn flak, primarily due to concerns around how they store/use our intimate user conversations.

22 Oct 2019


Hackers can spy on you via Alexa, Google Assistant

Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa dominate as two incredibly impressive AI-powered voice assistants.

18 Sep 2019


Now, you can talk to Alexa in Hindi: Details here

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant can now take and answer commands in Hindi.

11 Aug 2019


Apparently, Chinese kids work nights to build Amazon's Alexa devices

Amazon's Alexa devices are very popular, but over the last few months, the internet giant has been facing a lot of flak because of them.

04 Aug 2019


Now, you can stop Amazon employees from hearing Alexa conversations

If you use AI assistants (Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant), you probably know that the companies behind them hear your conversations.

17 Jul 2019


Soon, Amazon's Alexa will start talking in Hindi

Alexa, the AI powering Amazon's Echo line of smart speakers, will soon start talking in Hindi, one of the most spoken languages in India.

06 Jul 2019


Best home security cameras available in India

Over the last couple of years, security cameras have become rather mainstream tech tools for keeping our homes safe and sound.

29 Jun 2019


Man cancels Amazon Prime subscription, Alexa calls him 'shithead'

In a strange albeit hilarious case, Amazon's voice assistant Alexa called a man "shithead".

29 Jun 2019


Amazon Dot v/s Echo: Which one should you buy?

It feels so futuristic to summon Alexa and have her do things for you - play music or read news or set reminders or simply turn on/off the lights.

22 Jun 2019


Toshiba joins hands with Amazon, launches budget-friendly Fire TV

Leading electronics maker Toshiba has added a budget-friendly 4k TV into its expansive line of appliances.

20 Jun 2019


Soon, Alexa could detect heart attacks: Here's how

Alexa can handle plenty of queries, but scientists think that the device could soon have the power to detect heart attacks.

16 Jun 2019


Baby thinks her name is 'Alexa', thanks to Amazon Echo

Smart assistants, like Amazon Alexa, have become a part of our daily lives.

09 Jun 2019


Alexa records conversations: Here's how you can delete them

Amazon's Alexa AI can handle most of your queries, but in case you don't know, it also records the same conversations.

30 May 2019


Now, you can ask Alexa to forget conversations: Here's how

Alexa, the digital voice assistant from Amazon, is getting a handy new privacy feature, one you can use to delete your voice recordings instantly.

24 May 2019


#ScareAlert: Amazon to record even before you say "Alexa"

AI-powered smart Assistants have been making quite an impression with their ability to understand/handle queries.

10 May 2019


Amazon accused of spying on children via Echo Dot Kids

Just last month, Amazon drew major criticism when it was revealed that the company's employees had access to Alexa voice recordings of many users and the power to track their locations.

25 Apr 2019

Google Maps

Apparently, Amazon's Alexa employees can find out where you live

Amazon Alexa is great at handling queries - be it ordering food, getting a cab, or keeping you entertained.

16 Apr 2019


Here's how tech giants handle data captured by voice assistants

From phones to speakers, everything is turning smart thanks to the power of voice recognition and artificial intelligence.

24 Mar 2019


#TechBytes: 5 bizarre Alexa skills you should check out

Amazon's Alexa speakers have grown immensely popular in the Indian market, thanks to their ginormous collection of third-party skills.

16 Mar 2019


Make your house a smart home with these products

The idea of a smart home is no longer a dream stuck in a sci-fi movie. Nor is it a costly affair that you should re-think before upgrading to a smarter lifestyle.

12 Mar 2019


#FinancialBytes: 5 apps to help homemakers manage finances better

Financial management, planning, and budgeting are essential skills homemakers should have in order to run their household smoothly.

08 Jan 2019


CES 2019: Alexa interrupts Qualcomm's executive, says that's not true

If CES 2019 is anything to go by, we can be sure that Alexa and Google Assistant will power the future of smart homes.

27 Dec 2018


Amazon Alexa went down on Christmas Day: Details here

Amazon's Alexa is pretty handy for day-to-day tasks, but on Christmas, the smart assistant served a nasty surprise - it went down.