Is there any way to get Alexa without buying an Amazon Echo?
MATT BOLTON REPLIES: Alexa is currently the hottest trend in tech, but the Echo speakers won’t fit into everyone’s home. Luckily for you, Dave, Amazon is rapidly expanding the number of ways you can access its virtual assistant – practically everything announced at CES featured Alexa, from cars to fridges, and Bluetooth speakers as well.
One item recently graced with Alexa is Amazon’s Fire TV Stick. This walletfriendly media streamer comes with a voice-enabled remote, enabling you to search for movies, music and TV shows, as well as perform thousands of Alexa’s other skills, such as controlling your smart lighting and asking about the weather. At US$40 ($53) it’s even cheaper than the Echo Dot.
Sonos has announced that its upcoming speakers will feature Alexa, as will VW cars. There’s also LG’s Smart Instaview fridge. The connected chiller features a 29-inch screen and webOS, as well as a microphone so that you can chat to Alexa. We’re also expecting to see Alexa pop up on some Android smartphones, as an alternative to Google Assistant as your pocket butler. Timeframes are a little cloudy on this one, though.
“Jeez, Alexa, close the blinds, we’re not in a JJ Abrams movie”