June 22, 2018 - Written By Alexander Maxham Amazon Alexa is a pretty useful personal assistant, and it was actually something that Amazon stumbled on by accident. It was originally meant to be used in its Fire Phone and Fire Tablet lineup as a replacement for Google Now or Siri, since those ran Android but not Google’s Android – a forked version of Android. But Amazon decided to put it in a speaker (the Echo), and the rest is history. Alexa quickly became one of the more popular personal assistants out there and became a hub for controlling your smart home products, now, you can find all sorts of things with Alexa inside. Whether it’s a speaker, a set-top box, a thermostat or even a refrigerator. But we decided to stick with speakers, so we’ve rounded up the top 10 best speakers with Amazon Alexa inside.One of our favorites on this list is definitely the Sonos One. Particularly because it is such a good speaker with great sound quality, and then you get Alexa … [Read more...] about Top 10 Best Amazon Alexa Smart Speakers – June 2018
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Jun 07, 6:04 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Ken Manbert Salcedo 10/04/17 AT 12:15 PM Sonos has finally announced its own smart speaker that’s powered by Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant. Called the Sonos One, the upcoming smart speaker will arrive on Oct. 24 for $199.The Sonos One will work with different voice assistants, but at launch it will be powered by Alexa, the same digital assistant that’s on Amazon’s Echo speakers. The company says that its smart speaker will also work with Google Assistant in 2018, making the Sonos One the very first smart speaker that support multiple voice services.“We live in a golden age of streaming entertainment,” Sonos CEO Patrick Spence said. “But so much of this great content is being pushed through smart speakers that aren’t designed with sound quality in mind. With our open approach to collaboration, agnostic … [Read more...] about Sonos One Is The Company’s First Standalone Amazon Alexa Smart Speaker
Those of you who own a Nest-branded smart device can immediately begin controlling it with your voice, via Amazon's Alexa.That's right. Nest has two skills that allow its devices to work with Alexa’s voice controls. With the Nest Thermostat skill, for instance, you can ask Alexa to change the temperature of your home. And with the Nest Camera skill, you ask Alexa to show video from your Nest camera. If you’d like to know more about how to connect your Nest devices and control them with Alexa, keep reading.What do you need?You, of course, need a Nest device that supports Alexa, as well as the Amazon Alexa app and a mobile device to run the Amazon Alexa app. You also need an Alexa-enabled device, such as an Amazon Echo speaker, for processing your voice commands. (You can also use the Amazon shopping app or Amazon Alexa app to process voice commands, as both have built-in Alexa and can work over LTE and not just Wi-Fi.)Which Nest devices work with Alexa?The following … [Read more...] about How to control your Nest devices using Amazon Alexa commands
There's been an explosion in smart home devices over the past few years. What was once referred to as "home automation" and still referred to as "Internet of Things" has now settled into a more friendly category we call smart home. We've got heating, lighting, cameras, sensors for just about everything, as well as new devices popping up every week to drag your home into a connected future. Over the past few years, we've moved from a position of disconnected systems into a world with emerging hubs, with big devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home acting as hubs to tie all your connected services together, along with emerging platforms like Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings.So what role does ZigBee have to play in this brave new world of the smart home? Pocket-lint is here to supply all the answers.The smart homeThe whole idea behind the smart home it to have everything talking to everything, so you stay informed while you're devices stay informed too. That might be … [Read more...] about What is ZigBee and why is it important for your smart home?
A few years ago, the coordinated smart home felt like a pipe dream, but Alexa has changed all that. Thanks to increasing compatibility with smart home devices, Alexa and the Amazon Echo is now the ideal hub of your connected home.Where previously it was a disparate mix of devices and brands, the Amazon Echo has pulled all this together.It's also really simple to make those first steps to have an Alexa-controlled smart home. There are some key devices to consider, but from Alexa's point of view, the process is pretty simple.We'll guide you through everything you need to know, what to buy and how to get your smart home perfected. If you recently got an Echo and want to know what else it will do, you've come to the right place.Which Echo should I buy? Dot, Echo Plus or Echo Show? There are a number of different Echo models, but they all feature Alexa and they all offer the same Skills and voice controls. This applies to Echo Dot, original Echo, the new small Echo and all third-party … [Read more...] about How to set-up an Alexa smart home