NEFCU prepares Amazon Alexa skills, Google home capabilities

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That's the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this update, too.

Amazon isn't making it easier for Google to monopolize the personal digital assistant market. That's right, actual Alexa voice interactions! The Echo Spot, for instance, serves perfectly as a bedside timepiece and alarm clock.

According to Amazon, three Alexa-enabled, voice-controlled speakers - the Echo, Echo Plus and Echo Dot - will ship from the company's local website "beginning early February", with the devices also available at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Telstra and Myer from this time.

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"With this latest update, the Alexa app now helps customers remotely control their connected home, communicate with their family, listen to music, ask questions, access Alexa skills and more, just by using their voice", the company said in an email. These voice control commands, which perform well on an Alexa device, can now be used in the Amazon shopping app.

The update is only applicable for Android users at the moment, but a report from TechCrunch has revealed that the update is headed for iOS as well, but it will be arriving later as it has been presumed that this "delay" could be attributed to Apple's review process. It won't play out the same in the case of the mobile app, unfortunately, so that means users still have to open the app before they can spit out commands. Some of these first-time Alexa users might even end up buying Echo or other Alexa-powered smart speakers.

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