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Amazon buys company to make Alexa's fact-finding visuals smarter

Amazon buys company to make Alexa's fact-finding visuals smarter

Hence, the Android version of Alexa is very limited.

Amazon quietly bought Graphiq, a data visualization company a few months ago to beef up its popular Alexa virtual personal assistant, according to The Los Angeles Times citing unnamed sources.

Amazon did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment, but confirmed to TechCrunch that the feature is rolling out now. By integrating Alexa, which is capable of doing everything the virtual assistant can do on an Echo speaker, into the shopping app, Amazon is letting millions discover the advantages of the assistant and possibly convince them to purchase an Echo or two for their homes.

The Amazon shopping app already lets you search for products using your voice, but the new Alexa integration "goes far beyond search", Amazon said when it rolled out this feature to iPhones in March. It also shows off the capabilities of Alexa to this wider audience, perhaps leading them toward purchasing one of Amazon's range of Echo devices. Alexa can even provide weather and traffic information for those who need to commute, and it can also play music as you navigate the app.

Sikkim standoff: China moves loads of military hardware into Tibet
The panel's members, including Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, posed a series of questions to him pertaining to stand-off. China and India have a number of border disputes, although the section now in question is generally regarded as stable.

Pretty soon, any Android user with the Amazon mobile app installed can access Alexa right inside the interface.

It's not a full-blown Alexa integration per se, but more of a tech demo to an extent.

Why would Amazon want Graphiq? At that point, you'll be able to customize Alexa, if you so choose.

Thoughts on Alexa coming to Android?


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