Amazon brings GPS-based navigation and more music services to Alexa cell phone devices

Amazon is making it simpler for original device makers to build fully featured headphones, wearables, and earbuds powered by means of Alexa. To this end, the Seattle company today announced in a blog post that the Alexa Mobile Accessory (AMA) Kit — the device stack that enables gadgets to tap Alexa for track playback, sensible domestic device control, calendar management, and tens of thousands of third-party competencies — is gaining points in the variety of region-aware responses and get admission to to more music amenities.

Additionally, Amazon spotlighted new dev kits and white-label answers from Knowles and My Music Group.
Now, Alexa integrated gadgets that enforce the AMA protocol — which routes voice commands via Bluetooth to a paired Android or iOS tool going for walks the Alexa associate app — can take capabilities of GPS-based location support, allowing users to ask for local weather information, movie times, and searches, or for instructions and traffic updates employing Google Maps, Waze, and Apple Maps. Those devices also have get entry to to an improved diversity of track services including Amazon Music, Pandora, Audible, Kindle, Sirius XM, Gimme Radio, and more as of this week, plus new wake-notice engines from Amazon, Retune, and others that bring hands-free experiences.
As for the aforementioned turnkey solutions, there are three from which to choose: the Knowles AISonic SmartMic Headset, and My Music Group’s BarbetSound AskMe and BarbetSound TalkEasy.
The AISonic SmartMic Headset — the first Amazon-qualified advancement kit for hearables with voice-initiated Alexa functionality — features Knowles’ IA611 SmartMic chip, which combines a mic with a low-power digital sign processor (DSP) middle in a unmarried compact package. It’s paired with the Bestechnic BES2000i BT MCU (which includes the AMA protocol stack and a wake note engine from Retune) and, a bit uniquely, its architecture enables certain components to remain in low power mode (less than 1mA ) at the same time as the SmartMic monitors the microphone audio for the Alexa wake note.

The BarbetSound AskMe and BarbetSound TalkEasy either enforce the AMA protocol to attach with the Alexa mobile app, nevertheless that’s where their similarities end. The AskMe — an Alexa equipped-in Bluetooth headphone with cushioned ear cups and a foldable layout — sports a microphone and 12mW transducer output, in addition to a rechargeable 300mAh battery that lasts up to 10 hours at greatest volume. Meanwhile, the TalkEasy — an Alexa equipped-in Bluetooth earbud — has a microphone and 8mW transducer output, with a 70mAh battery that gets four hours on a charge.
Amazon first introduced the AMA Kit in January 2018, forward of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. It changed into originally made handy to choose manufacturers like Jabra, Bose, and Sony, having said that changed into generally reachable final November.
Earlier this year, Amazon discovered that more than 150 products have Alexa equipped in.