Thursday, 14 December, 2017

CNBC Launches an Updated Skill for the Amazon Echo Show

CNBC Launches an Updated Skill for the Amazon Echo Show The Newest Way to Get PEOPLE's Best Stories and Videos? Just Ask Alexa!
Frank Williams | 30 June, 2017, 11:21

Following the USA release this week of Amazon's new screen-enabled Echo Show, media brands are moving to produce content specialized for the platform's voice and screen interactivity, according to reports.

Echoed Deirdre Findlay, Google's global director, hardware marketing, "Working with Best Buy, we created an experience that brings to life how Google Home answers your questions, controls your devices, and helps you get more done in your home".

However, Alexa still needs some work to be prepared for a debut in the country; "As of now, there is still a barrier to the extent of Alexa's capabilities because you can not use it to purchase groceries from a local store or book yourself an Uber", the report states, quoting one of the people testing the Echo devices.

The Echo-branded speakers, launched in the U.S. in 2015, account for 70.6% of the voice-enabled speaker market in that country, according to a report by eMarketer in May.

CNBC Launches an Updated Skill for the Amazon Echo Show

And the report had some good news for Amazon.

To access PEOPLE's flash briefing for the latest in entertainment news, enable the PEOPLE flash briefing in the skills store and then ask Alexa on your Echo Show, "Alexa, what's my flash briefing?"

Voice assistant technology isn't a new concept, but with advancements in artificial intelligence and machine learning, adoption has grown in recent years.

It's been a busy week for New York-listed Alibaba. CNBC at night features a mix of new reality programming, CNBC's highly successful series produced exclusively for CNBC and a number of distinctive in-house documentaries. Amazon's Prime subscription was also introduced past year in the country, with an annual subscription cost of ₹999 ($15).

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