Amazon opens up access to developer tools for adding Alexa to commercial products

 Amazon wants to make its virtual assistant Alexa available on more devices, instead of just its own hardware. To that end, the company today is broadly opening up access to developer tools that will allow commercial device makers to build products powered by Alexa. With the launch of the Alexa Voice Service Device SDK toolset, companies can add a fully functional version of Alexa to their… Read More

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Anker’s $35 Smart Speaker With Built-in Alexa Claims Better Audio Than Amazon’s Echo Dot

Popular accessory company Anker launched its own low-cost smart speaker with built-in Alexa on Wednesday called the Eufy Genie. Costing $35, the Genie is a little bigger than Amazon’s Echo Dot, which retails at $50, but claims to offer stronger bass and double the volume of Amazon’s equivalent device thanks to a 2W speaker.

The Genie’s list of features pretty much tally with Echo Dot’s abilities, so it can play music, control other smart home devices, order products, answer questions, set calendars, report the weather and news, and more.



According to Anker, it’s also possible to use the Amazon Alexa app with the Genie to access over 10,000 skills and services, such as Pandora, Domino’s Pizza, Uber, ESPN, NPR News, and more. Future updates from Eufy are said to include the ability directly control Spotify with your voice, and Alexa messaging and calling.

The Genie also links up to other smart products under Anker’s Eufy brand, which include a robotic vacuum cleaner, air purifier devices, and a range of domestic lighting. According to The Verge, Anker also plans to introduce a $40 version of the Eufy Genie that includes Bluetooth support, which might let it connect to external speakers for playing music.

The Eufy Genie is available to pre-order off Amazon today but doesn’t ship until August 16. Further details on the Genie and Anker’s other products under the Eufy brand can be found on the Eufy website.

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