With the kit now available to a broader set of device makers and solutions providers, it may hasten the development of new Alexa compatible mobile devices. In a January 5 announcement, Microsoft revealed a new developer kit aimed to help device manufacturers integrate Alexa's functions into their wearable devices, which will essentially create a new, mobile version of the popular digital assistant. If a voice is Bluetooth audio-capable, by adding the kit, users will be able to connect to the Alexa Voice Service via the Amazon Alexa app on their mobile device.
Amazon has announced a new Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, for bringing Alexa to portable devices such as hearables, headphones, smartwatches or fitness devices.
Last year, the AVS Device SDK allowed brands to integrate Alexa into their connected products, but this time, the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit is an alternative solution for them as it is a lightweight method to connect the devices through the Amazon Alexa app. These include Bose, Jabra, iHome, Linkplay, Sugr, Librewireless, Beyerdynamic, Bowers, and Wilkins.
The AR glasses by Vuzix will enable the core Alexa's capabilities, such as showing sports scores, right on the glasses, as reported by Bloomberg.
Amazon's digital assistant is branching out. They will be notified when it is available. This is expected to happen sometime in 2019. But it is interesting to see how Alexa would get into this same nascent space. Models such as the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9, and Moto X4 lately entered the smartphone market with Alexa integration alongside Google Assistant. But as Slate noted, the wearables and headphones push is created to make it more competitive with Apple and Google's assistants, which are already more seamlessly integrated into iPhones and Androids. Third-party smart speakers, aside from the Amazon Echo lineup, such as Harman Kardon Allure and Logitech UE Blast and UE Megablast also included Alexa integration. It will soon make its way to get the anticipated HomePod voice-controlled speaker from Apple. Unlike Google that took their mobile phone search app and started to build their ecosystem around that, Amazon started with their Amazon Echo smart speaker device and has slowly been expanding where and on what the Alexa software is capable of running on.