Microsoft sent me a friendly email yesterday , pointing our that their Cortana App was now in the Google Play Store. I guess they figured out that no-one was buying those Lumina phones much . Poor old Nokia, may he rest in peace.
So if you want to enjoy a duo of lovely lady assistants, get the Honor Mate 9 and ,voila Alexa meets Cortana. It’s a pity Siri won’t come out to play, but she always was a bit of a loner. She gives you that feeling that it’s her way or nada……
Once again good old Swiss geniuses Logitech push the Alexa envelope …
Alexa on the move again…
For those of you that don’t want a subscription based music service like Spotify , or Amazon Music Unlimited, there is a new way forward. The Plex Skill allows you to enable you to use your own NAS to provide the Library . Nice one… Mind you , Plex might stop doing all this work for free one day….
Plex Skill for Alexa
I have to say this Echo Clone looks good , and with optional Harmon Kardon audio it probably sounds better than a real Echo. The base model is also $50 cheaper than the real thing in the U.S. Finally it available in a lot of colours. I like the look of the orange one.
Lenovo Smart Assistant
It’s not shipping just yet , and having checked the images and video it seems to lack one feature I would miss. A real echo has a very easy to use volume ring you can twist at the top , and that gets a lot of use in my house…… Even the Echo Dot misses that, so you have to push a button or say “Alexa Quieter ” Its the same Button/ Voice thing with Lenovo Smart Assistant, so no more twirling….
I was in Mediamarkt Sihl City a couple of weeks back and saw some weird colour changing modular wall tiles , called Nanoleaf Auroras.
They seemed to be App controlled, like everything these days… I thought no more of it.
Well , guess what, now Alexa can speak to the wall….
Alexa finds Aurora
BRILLIANT !! Can see it already on my daughters bedroom wall. I will buy and let you know how it works out .
So, to get this out of , the way immediately, if you happen to be named Alexa, you are not best pleased with the Echo being a roaring success.
Alexas not impressed ….
Right, boo hoo I hear you say…. After all they can now call their Echos “Computer ”
Now there is great news for all you holders of Starbucks Gold Cards like me ….
Starbucks love Alexa
I have to be honest that Starbucks Switzerland is not on-board yet , but folks, eventually they will be …
A good analysis of why the Echo is doing so well right now ..
Echo wows CES
Even Amazon were surprised at how many Echo integrations were on show this year