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.

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.

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.