Is there any way to get Alexa with­out buy­ing an Ama­zon Echo?

Australian T3 - - HOME - DAVE L, DAR­WIN

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”

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