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You Will Soon Make Calls With Amazon’s Alexa

Amazon’s hugely popular Alexa virtual assistant is already everywhere,[9] and given her similarities to Apple’s Siri and Google Assistant, it was only a matter of time before she ended up connecting our phone calls, too.[3] A new report from Recode suggests that’s exactly what is in the works at Amazon HQ, and that the company is preparing to debut at least one call-capable Alexa-enabled device by the end of 2017.[1]

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The report, which cites unnamed sources familiar with Amazon’s plans, claims that the new Alexa device will allow users to prompt a phone calls just by asking, but could also serve double duty as a long-distance intercom system.[10]

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The intercom feature would essentially connect two Alexa users wherever they might be, kind of like a streamlined speakerphone.

It’s an interesting concept,[8] but the report falls short of answering a number of important questions about how the calling features would work, including whether or not users will have specific handles,[9] or if Alexa will gain the ability to sync with a wireless number and mobile contact list in order to make the process as pain-free as possible.[4]

Amazon reportedly has at least one call-capable device in the beta testing phase.

It’s worth noting that, thanks to last month’s announcement by Motorola during MWC, we already know that Alexa is headed to smartphones. [5]The digital assistant is coming to Motorola’s Moto Z as a snap-on accessory, but will be fully integrated with future smartphones from the company which are coming later this year.[3]

Source: BGR news

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